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How much do you know about famous riots?
by Staff
Sure, you've never thrown a brick through a window or knocked over a car, but you just might be an expert on riots. That's because world history is full of these notable events, in which people turn their rage and angst about the world into violence. Find out how much you know about the details of some of the most famous riots of the past with this quiz.

Cincinnati exploded in riots in 2001 after a teenager was shot and killed as he ran away from police officers. What was the teenager's name?

  • Timothy Thomas
  • Charlie Cooper
  • Tom Charles

Seattle played host to infamous riots in 1999 when the World Trade Organization Ministerial Conference drew large demonstrations. What is the common colloquial name for these riots?

  • the Seattle Shoot-out
  • the Battle in Seattle
  • the TKO of the WTO

In 1863, Congress instituted a draft so that the Union would have enough soldiers to keep fighting the Civil War. Riots broke out because some men were able to get out of service by paying a commutation fee, which angered poorer men. How much was the fee?

  • $300
  • $750
  • $1,500

Which event precipitated the 1965 riots in the Watts neighborhood of Los Angeles?

  • a traffic stop
  • a jury verdict
  • a blackout

We all know that Rodney King's beating and the acquittal of the officers involved spurred the 1992 riots in Los Angeles. But do you know who shot the footage of the attack?

  • George Holliday
  • Stacey Koon
  • Rolando Solano

In the 1960s, police raids on gay bars were common, but on June 28, 1969, the clientele at one such establishment refused to cooperate, causing a landmark event for the gay community. What was the name of that bar?

  • the Rainbow Room
  • the Stonewall Inn
  • the Brass Monkey

Days of rioting took place in dozens of cities, including Washington, D.C., Chicago and Baltimore after the death of which prominent person?

  • John F. Kennedy Jr.
  • Martin Luther King Jr.
  • Robert F. Kennedy

Sporting events yield many riots. Which sport resulted in the Nika riots, leaving tens of thousands dead?

  • hockey
  • soccer
  • chariot racing

Prisons are also a common site for riots. Which prison found itself under attack because inmates were tired of being allowed just one shower per week and one roll of toilet paper per month?

  • Oklahoma State Penitentiary
  • Attica Correctional Facility
  • San Quentin Prison

What was the name of the conflict that erupted between white sailors and Mexican American youths in California in 1943?

  • Disco Demolition
  • Zoot Suit Riots
  • Hard Hat Riots