A disturbance that grew out of a police raid on the Stonewall Inn, a popular hang-out for gays in Manhattan's Greenwich Village in 1969. Such raids long had been routine, but this one provoked a riot as the crowd fought back. The riot led to the formation of the Gay Liberation Front and to a new level of solidarity among homosexuals.
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His nickname, given to him at the Battle of Gettysburg and which he kept for the rest of his life, was Stonewall Jim.
Excerpted from Rebel Yell: The Violence, Passion, and Redemption of Stonewall Jackson by S.C. Gwynne.
They made one last charge for the airport, and when the riot police blocked them again a melee ensued.
And this is the prevailing attitude that white St. Louis fears the most: an all out riot, anarchy, lawlessness, disorder.
Riot police eventually converged from the flanks, hundreds at first, then hundreds more, with shields and batons.
The exertions of the city authorities, who had notice of the meditated riot, were unable to prevent or quell it.
Monsieur de Tressan was here, as ill-luck would have it, and Gaubert implored him to send soldiers thither to quell the riot.St. Martin's Summer|Rafael Sabatini
A special assistant of the United States marshal was killed, but the object of the riot was not effected.
Seven months later Captain Preston and other soldiers implicated in the riot were tried before a Boston jury.The Eve of the Revolution|Carl Becker
The Italian ecclesiastic Gavazzi, lectured at Quebec, and gave rise to a riot.