About | Volunteer | Support
History Project Facebook
History Project Youtube
History Project on Instagram
sponsors
sponsors

On This Day… The Watts Riots Began

Written by: George Chittenden : 11 Aug 2019

It was on this day, 11th August back in 1965 when the largest and costliest riots of the Civil Rights era began, the Watts Riots. The urban rebellion raged on for a further six days and resulted in more than forty million dollars’ worth of property damage. It all started when Marquette Frye, a young African American motorist, was pulled over and arrested by Lee W. Minikus, a white California Highway Patrolman, for suspicion of driving while intoxicated in the commercial section of Watts, a deeply impoverished African American neighbourhood in South Central Los Angeles.

Marquette Frye was driving his mother’s 1955 Buick, and when the police pulled him over his friend who was in the passenger seat left the scene and went to his mother’s house to fetch her. Frye’s mother was named Rena Price and when she arrived at the scene the situation quickly escalated out of control. In a 1985 interview she reported that she was pushed, and her son was struck by officers which resulted in her son jumping on one of the officers. Word quickly spread around the community that the police had roughed up Frye and kicked a pregnant woman. It didn’t take long for angry mobs to form. Both Marquette Frye and his mother were arrested and the crowds along Avalon Boulevard grew larger.

Troops on the streets of L.A

Troops on the streets of L.A

The started throwing rocks and chunks of concrete at the police adding fuel to the fire. Eventually a 46-square-mile swath of Los Angeles was transformed into a combat zone for the nearly six days. Over 14,000 California National Guard troops were mobilised in South Los Angeles. The rioting claimed the lives of thirty-four people, resulted in more than one thousand reported injuries, and almost four thousand arrests before order was restored on August 17th.

Search

By Era

To 5000 BCE 5000 - 2000 BCE 2000 BCE - 0 0 - 400 CE 400 - 800 CE 800 - 1100 CE 1100 - 1500 CE 1500 - 1700 CE 18th Century 19th Century 1900's 1910's 1920's 1930's 1940's 1950's 1960's 1970's 1980's 1990's 2000's 2010's

By Topic

Royal British Roman North American Egyptian Nautical European Social WW1 Military Viking Asian African Australian South American Political Celebrity WW2 Religion

We promote history by...

offering free articles and videos, providing free history experiences for children in schools and on weekends. Next year we will be visiting hospitals and providing unforgettable experiences to children who really need it and give them a chance to forget their condition, their treatment and their reality. Please join others who support our free projects by giving a small donation. We can only continue our great work with your help.

appealimage

Support The History Project


Have a spare room or property you would like to make some money from? Contact Ally now  Need to lose weight or just get a bit fitter but find gyms tedious and boring? Well go and see Ex Army PT Jay Ingram and he will build you up into the powerhouse you were meant to be on his excellent ACAS The Decorating Company - 07759075930Have a spare room or property you would like to make some money from? Contact Ally now  This wonderful family run company offers bespoke and tailored environmentally friendly Housekeeping packagesWaterfront Hotel - A Beautiful hotel and restaurant with views overlooking DealSpecialist brokers whoThe History ProjectFarsim BoutiqueAspen Waite helps ambitious companies achieve their goals with quality advice and support, whatever the challenge.Cleaning and Support Services, Kents premier eco-friendly, green office cleaning and Facilities Management companyWe are a family owned and operated Removal and International Overseas Shipping company based in DealGot some waste you have been meaning to get rid of? Give Benn a call, heThe History ProjectClock in the old fashioned way and roam Dealto Duke Street in Deal for some Fine Wines, Real Ales and delicious Stone Baked PizzaLocal Lads that cover the Kent area, boasting a 9.9/ 10 on checkatrade.com these lads really give their very best for a very very fair price. ( image attached) phone number could be good under construction - 07791101946Heritage WindDeal Cars has many years experience in the taxi industry, we provide a professional and reliable service to clients throughout Deal and the surrounding area. We cover all types of journeys from shopping runs to airport transfers, providing professional, courteous and qualified drivers.Local Lads that cover the Kent area, boasting a 9.9/ 10 on checkatrade.com these lads really give their very best for a very very fair price. ( image attached) phone number could be good under construction - 07791101946Have a spare room or property you would like to make some money from? Contact Ally now  Fabulous out there clothing for people who like a lively and warm vibe, Funky Granny and Groovy Grandpa sections are well worth a browseClock in the old fashioned way and roam DealSpecialist brokers whoTop quality plumbing, and heating services at a very competitive price click here to find out more.Local Lads that cover the Kent area, boasting a 9.9/ 10 on checkatrade.com these lads really give their very best for a very very fair price. ( image attached) phone number could be good under construction - 07791101946Go back in time and explore Deal60286123495040655706814424648564532693517512251510