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October 8, 1969

The "Day of Rage" Riots Begin in Chicago

On this day in 1969, the "Day of Rage" riots began in Chicago by a faction of the Students for a Democratic Society. The protest was over what the group considered to be American imperialist actions in Vietnam.

What the group hoped to do was "turn the imperialist war into a civil war", however it didn't turn out to be the big event they had hoped. Instead of the 25,000 protestors they expected, only a few hundred showed up.

That night, the group charged through the streets of Chicago, smashing windows in police cars and buildings, including luxury businesses as well as those of lower-middle-class homes. The action lasted less than an hour with the police arresting 68 of the protestors, however other actions occurred over the next couple days.