Monthly Archives: April 2012

Fires, looting out of control in Los Angeles 20 years ago today (1992)


Video: 1992 Los Angeles Riots (KTLA-TV, Apr. 30, 1992, starting at 6:50 p.m. PDT)

(Thursday, April 30, 1992) — A second day of violence following the acquittal of three white and one Hispanic Los Angeles police officers in the videotaped beating of black motorist Rodney King appeared widespread and unchecked as heavy looting and fires were witnessed today across Los Angeles County. Continue reading Fires, looting out of control in Los Angeles 20 years ago today (1992)

Angry rioters in LA beat truck driver Reginald Denny 20 years ago this hour (1992)

(Wednesday, April 29, 1992, 6:46 p.m. PDT) — Reginald Oliver Denny, a white truck driver who stopped at a traffic light in Los Angeles, was dragged from his vehicle and severely beaten tonight by a mob of local black residents as news helicopters hovered above, recording every blow, including a concrete fragment connecting with Denny’s temple and a cinder block thrown at his head as he lay unconscious in the street.

Deadly rioting had erupted in Los Angeles after a jury in Simi Valley today acquitted four Los Angeles police officers this afternoon of almost all state charges in the videotaped beating of Rodney King.

Rioters set fires, loot stores in LA following Rodney King beating verdict 20 years ago this hour (1992)


Video: 'WNBC 4 New York - Coverage of the Los Angeles Riots (April 29, 1992)'

(Wednesday, April 29, 1992, 3:45 p.m. PDT) — Deadly rioting erupted in Los Angeles today after a jury in Simi Valley (at 3:15 p.m. PDT) acquitted three white and one Hispanic Los Angeles police officers of almost all state charges in the videotaped beating of black motorist Rodney King.

The rioting would last for six days, resulting in 53 deaths, nearly 3,000 injuries and more than $1 billion in damages.

Roosevelt, 26 other governors dine at Hoover White House 80 years ago this hour (1932)


Video: FDR at White House, April 28, 1932 (at 2:33)

(Thursday, April 28, 1932, 8:00 p.m. EDT) — 27 governors, including New York’s Franklin D. Roosevelt, a Democratic candidate for president, sat down dinner tonight at the White House as guests of President and Mrs. Hoover, thus closing their 24th annual conference, which began Apr. 25 in Richmond.