(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.
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.
(Saturday, April 29, 1972) — A Cowboy’s Work Is Never Done by Sonny and Cher peaked at #8 on today’s Billboard’s Hot 100 singles chart for one week. It was the duo’s fifth and final top ten hit on the chart.