Race riots erupt in major cities.
1964 (Jul 18 - Aug 30)
Serious racial disturbances occurred in a number of American cities, beginning in the Harlem section of New York City. The Harlem riot followed the shooting of a Black teen by white police officers. Several other riots were also sparked by clashes between Blacks and white police officers. Other areas that witnessed riots include Brooklyn and Rochester, New York; Jersey City, New Jersey; Chicago, Illinois; and Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Injuries in the disturbances exceeded one hundred, property losses tallied up to millions of dollars, and National Guardsmen were needed to quell the unrest.