20 Harrowing Scenes From The 1992 LA Riots

On April 29, 1992, the streets of Los Angeles broke into chaos.

The riots erupted after a mostly white jury did not reach an excessive force conviction against the four white police officers who were videotaped beating black motorist Rodney King after he fled from police in an attempt to outrun a speeding charge.

Soon after the jury’s verdict was announced, rioting, looting, and arson quickly spun out of control. By the time the National Guard came in to put an end to it, six days later, 52 people were dead, over 4,000 were injured, and $1 billion worth of property had been damaged.

These stark images from the LA Riots reveal a city on the brink of collapse — and provide a haunting testament to the continuing history of police brutality in America.

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La Riots Aerial View

A fire department crew sprays water on a burning mini-mall. Photo: Mike Nelson/AFP/Getty Images

Rodney King Beating

Taken by by George Holliday on March 3, 1991, this image shows the Rodney King beating that ultimately led to the riots. Image: George Holliday/LA Times

Apartment Fire

People and their belongings line a sidewalk across from a burned out apartment. The apartment was attached to a row of stores that were set on fire and looted. Photo: Hal Garb/AFP/Getty Images

Busted Window

A rioter breaks a glass door of the Criminal Courts building, downtown Los Angeles. Photo: Hal Garb/AFP/Getty Images

Bystanders Looters

Looters carry goods out of a shopping center. Photo: Hal Garb/AFP/Getty Images


A demonstrator protests the verdict in the trial of the four police officers accused of beating Rodney King outside the Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD) headquarters. Photo: Mike Nelson/AFP/Getty Images


Gang graffiti after the riots, South Central Los Angeles. Photo: Visions of America/UIG via Getty Images


A National Guardsman stands watch over a strip mall in South Central Los Angeles during day two of the riots. Photo: Steve Grayson/WireImage

King Verdict

An unidentified police officer watches rioters in hand restraints. Photo: Douglas Burrows/Liaison

La Times Cover Story

The front page of the LA Times during the riots. Photo: LA Times

Liquor Store Looters

Looters leave a liquor store with cases of beer. Photo: Hal Garb/AFP/Getty Images


Rioters destroy an iron gate from a store in downtown Los Angeles just hours after citywide rioting and looting broke out. Photo: Wade Byars/AFP/Getty Images

Military Truck

National Guardsmen and a police officer take up security positions in front of a burned and looted shopping center on day three of the riots. Photo: Hal Garb/AFP/Getty Images

National Guard

National Guardsmen watch a business go up in flames in South Los Angeles. Photo: Hal Garb/AFP/Getty Images

Police Fire

A California Highway patrolman directs traffic around a shopping center engulfed in flames on day two of the riots. Photo: Carlos Schiebeck/AFP/Getty Images


Part of a group of about 100 protesters gather outside the East County Courthouse in Simi Valley, California on May 5, 1992 to protest the Rodney King verdict. Photo: Hal Garb/AFP/Getty Images

Store Damage

A store owner and an LAPD officer survey the damage caused by looters. Photo: Mike Nelson/AFP/Getty Images

Store Fire

Flames roar from a Thrifty Drug store in the Crenshaw area of Los Angeles. Photo: Mike Nelson/AFP/Getty Images

Store Owner

A Korean store owner is comforted by a local resident after she returned to find her place of business looted and burned in South Central Los Angeles on day two of the riots. Photo: Steve Grayson/WireImage

Woman Yelling

A woman yells at Los Angeles police officers who are standing guard outside a shopping centeron day two of the riots. Photo: Don Emmert/AFP/Getty Images

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29 Images And Facts That Reveal How Cool, Handsome, And Bad Ass American Presidents Were As Young Men

Most of us are familiar with the faces of those who have held the office of President of the United States. Though noble and powerful, almost all of those faces have one thing in common: they’re old (not to mention male and white).

Considering that the youngest person to assume the presidency was Theodore Roosevelt at the age of 42, it’s no wonder that most of the photographs and portraits of past US Presidents lack a certain youthful glimmer. But the following 29 photos of US presidents as young men will give you a whole new perspective…

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Teddy Roosevelt

Teddy Roosevelt Young

Noted adventurer and outdoorsman Theodore "Teddy" Roosevelt actually suffered from asthma. Roosevelt combatted his illness by being an advocate for the "strenuous life." He enjoyed hiking, riding horses, and swimming. Even after the tragic loss of both his wife and his mother within a few hours of each other, Roosevelt escaped to the western frontier to hunt Grizzly bears, herd cows, and chase outlaws as a frontier sheriff. - Wikimedia Commons

Franklin D. Roosevelt

Franklin D Roosevelt Young

Perhaps the US presidency's greatest advocate for the impoverished, Franklin Delano Roosevelt grew up in extraordinary wealth and privilege, including receiving his first sailboat at age 16. - Wikimedia Commons

Richard Nixon

Richard Nixon High School

As a high school senior (yearbook photo above) Richard Nixon was accepted into Harvard with a scholarship offer. However, he instead attended Whittier College, nearby his southern California home, in order to help take care of his sick brother and work in the family store. - Wikimedia Commons

Ronald Reagan

Ronald Reagan Young

Before his well-known radio and film career, Ronald Reagan worked as a lifeguard in Illinois, reportedly saving 77 people from drowning in the process. - Wikimedia Commons

Abraham Lincoln

Young Abraham Lincoln

Abraham Lincoln, who worked on a riverboat as a young man, invented an inflatable navigation system for steam-powered vessels, making him the only US president to hold a patent. - Wikimedia Commons

John F. Kennedy

John F Kennedy Young

During World War II, John F. Kennedy became a national hero. After his crew's boat was rammed by a Japanese destroyer, Kennedy led the ten surviving crew members on a three-mile swim toward land. One crew member was severely burned, so Kennedy towed him through the water with the life jacket strap between his teeth. - Wikimedia Commons

Thomas Jefferson

Young Thomas Jefferson

Thomas Jefferson entered Virginia's prestigious College of William and Mary at age 16 and completed his comprehensive studies within just two years. - Wikimedia Commons

George Washington

Young President George Washington

George Washington was raised by his mother and half-brother Lawrence after his father suddenly passed away. Washington had little education, but with Lawrence's help was able to earn decent pay surveying land in the Shenandoah Valley. - Wikimedia Commons

Ulysses S. Grant

Ulysses S Grant Young

As a young man, Ulysses S. Grant's quiet demeanor was mistaken for stupidity and his peers gave him the nickname "Useless." - Wikimedia Commons

James Madison

Young James Madison

During his strange childhood marred by sickness, James Madison suffered from psychosomatic seizures. - Wikimedia Commons

James Garfield

James Garfield Young

James Garfield grew up rather poor. He spent his childhood helping his widowed mother on her farm, wishing instead to become a sailor. At 16, he ran away to work on the commerce canal boats between Cleveland and Pittsburgh. He fell overboard 14 times and returned home with a fever, vowing from that day forward to live his life with brains over brawn. - Wikimedia Commons

Chester A. Arthur

Chester Arthur Young

Chester A. Arthur grew up in Vermont but had the heart of a New Yorker. While in New York, Arthur worked as a lawyer, winning a number of civil rights cases. His extravagant taste in clothes caused him to be labelled a "dandy" and a "peacock" by his peers. - Wikimedia Commons

Young Benjamin Harrison

Benjamin Harrison was the grandson of the ninth US president, William Henry Harrison. In fact, his whole family was rooted in politics. He spent much of his youth reading books at his grandfather's estate. - Wikimedia Commons

William McKinley

William Mckinley Young

A successful lawyer in his home state of Ohio, William McKinley saw his income cut in half when he forayed into politics as a Congressman. - Wikimedia Commons

Woodrow Wilson

Woodrow Wilson Young

Though not educated in a school system, Woodrow Wilson attempted and dropped out of college several times before studying law on his own. He grew bored of attorney life and enrolled in Johns Hopkins University to pursue a Ph.D. in history and political science before running for office. - Wikimedia Commons

Warren G. Harding

Warren Harding Young

Before entering office, Warren G. Harding married a divorcee, Florence Kling, whose father, an enemy of Harding's, threatened to kill Harding if he went through with the wedding. - Wikimedia Commons

Calvin Coolidge

Calvin Coolidge Young

Calvin Coolidge is the only US president born on the Fourth of July (1872). - Wikimedia Commons

William Howard Taft

William Howard Taft Young

Though clean-shaven as a young man, Howard Taft became noted for his large mustache, which marked him as the last president to wear facial hair. - Wikimedia Commons

Herbert Hoover

Herbert Hoover Young

Although he eventually attained the highest office in US government, Herbert Hoover had an extraordinarily tumultuous childhood, including losing both his mother and father by age nine. - Wikimedia Commons

Harry Truman

Harry Truman Young

Harry Truman spent much of his youth reading and playing piano, and even considered pursuing a career as a concert pianist. He also dreamed of being a soldier, but his poor vision prevented him from getting into West Point. After failing the initial eyesight test required to enter the National Guard, Truman memorized the eye chart and was accepted the second time around. - Wikimedia Commons

James Monroe

James Monroe Young

In 1774, as the American Revolution drew nearer, James Monroe and his classmates from the College of William & Mary looted 200 muskets and 300 swords from the Governor's Palace after Governor Dunmore fled the capital. The stolen arsenal was donated to the Virginia militia. - Wikimedia Commons

Dwight D. Eisenhower

Dwight D Eisenhower Young

Long before his career as a five-star general and president, Dwight D. Eisenhower (far right) injured his leg, leading to a very dangerous infection. Doctors recommended that the leg be amputated. But Eisenhower, then merely a high school freshman, refused and soon recovered. - Wikimedia Commons

Lyndon B. Johnson

Lyndon B Johnson Young

Lyndon Baines Johnson was just 12 when he told his classmates that he was going to be president of the United States someday. However, Johnson did not do well in school and was not accepted into his preferred college (Southwest Texas State Teachers College). Feeling lost, he and five friends bought a car, drove to California, and did odd jobs before hitchhiking back to Texas and getting arrested for fighting. He was finally accepted into his preferred college in 1927. - Wikimedia Commons

Gerald Ford

Gerald Ford Young

Gerald Ford was as good at academics as he was at football. Upon graduation, the Detroit Lions and the Green Bay Packers offered Ford a contract. Instead, he insisted on going to law school and used his athletic prowess to get a job as an assistant football coach at Yale University, where he graduated in the top third of his class in 1941. - Wikimedia Commons

Jimmy Carter

Jimmy Carter Young

Growing up on a peanut farm meant Jimmy Carter would develop a deep bond with rural environments, which would also spell opportunity. By age 13, in the midst of the Great Depression, Carter had earned enough money on the farm to buy five low-priced houses to be rented out to local families. - Wikimedia Commons

George H.W. Bush

George H W Bush Young

As a young World War II pilot, George H.W. Bush (right, with Dwight Eisenhower) was shot down over the Pacific. However, Bush managed to escape from his plane and evade Japanese capture, unlike his eight comrades, who were tortured, beheaded, and cannibalized by Japanese officers. - Wikimedia Commons

George W. Bush

George W Bush Young

Like his father, George W. Bush went to Phillips Academy in Andover where he struggled academically and got a zero for his first written assignment (Bush had overused a thesaurus that he thought would improve his vocabulary). - Wikimedia Commons

Bill Clinton

Bill Clinton Young

Bill Clinton was an excellent tenor saxophone player, winning first chair in the Arkansas state band's saxophone section. When young, Clinton considered dedicating his life to music but ultimately opted for public service instead. - Wikimedia Commons

Barack Obama Young Column

Growing up in Hawaii, Barack Obama (then going by the nickname Barry) experimented with drugs, specifically marijuana and cocaine. - sPinterest

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Photo Of The Day: The Unbelievable Devastation Of Perhaps America’s Deadliest Disaster Ever

San Francisco Earthquake 1906

Looking down Sacramento St. in the wake of the San Francisco earthquake of 1906. Image Source: Wikimedia Commons

At 5:12 a.m. on April 18, 1906, the destruction began.

An earthquake of a magnitude not seen in the continental United States since 1700 — and not since — began rocking the coast of Northern California. The shaking stretched for nearly 400 miles, from the area near the Oregon border to the farmland just south of the city that was hit worst: San Francisco.

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27 Harrowing Images From The 1830s’ Anti-Slavery Almanacs

Almanacs were a popular source of information for literate Americans starting in the 1600s, with the first of these publications focused on weather, horoscopes, and other amusements.

When the American Anti-Slavery Society (AASS) published the first Anti-Slavery Almanac in 1836 (and for years after that), they sought to educate people on the moral and ethical horrors of slavery, and included graphic images of slaves’ treatment to emphasize the un-Christian nature of the practice. As you’d imagine, these images created quite the controversy:

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Anti Slavery Almanacs

It's entirely possible that slavery wouldn't have been abolished when it was without these explosive Anti-Slavery Almanacs, starting in 1936... Image Sources: The Public Domain Review and Awesome Stories

anti slavery almanac January 1838

Abolitionist and editor William Lloyd Garrison was a leading figure behind the publication of these almanacs. - The Public Domain Review

anti slavery almanacs February 1838

Garrison launched the newspaper The Liberator in 1831, which would clear the path for these anti-slavery almanacs to be printed. - The Public Domain Review

March 1838

In 1832, Garrison formed the New England Anti-Slavery Society, which called for the immediate abolition of slavery, and it grew quickly. - The Public Domain Review

April 1838

It expanded to become the American Anti-Slavery Society in 1833, and within five years topped a quarter of a million members. - The Public Domain Review

May 1838

The first almanac was printed in 1836 by the American Anti-Slavery Society. - The Public Domain Review

June 1838

The almanacs were released annually, and featured a gruesome image to accompany each month of the year. - The Public Domain Review

July 1838

In addition to the images, made a strong written case about how deeply un-Christian the institution of slavery was. - The Public Domain Review

August 1838

These written passages helped expose the vile treatment of slaves, including the fact that many children were separated from their families. - The Public Domain Review

September 1838

In addition the almanacs marshaled statistics to help prove their case, marking a crucial moment in U.S. history when stats became an authoritative political tool. - The Public Domain Review

October 1838

Each year, the AASS featured statistics in its almanacs to convey the movement’s growth, as well as to reveal politicians’ voting records on the matter of slavery. - The Public Domain Review

November 1838

As Vanderbilt University English professor Teresa Goddu noted, “Numbers could simultaneously expose the horrors of slavery and promote the organizational system that undergirded antislavery’s success.” - The Public Domain Review

December 1838

She adds, “Just as the state solidified its power in this period through what Oz Frankel describes as “print statism”—the unprecedented production, accumulation, and diffusion of social facts in and through official reports—so too did antislavery rely on the printed discourse of numeracy to establish their knowledge system as credible and their movement as legitimate.” - The Public Domain Review

Arresting Fugitives

The years between 1832 and 1837 saw a sharp increase in the circulation of anti-slavery propaganda, thanks in no small part to Garrison’s strategic use of media, numeracy, and vivid imagery. - www.awesomestories.com

Burning McIntosh 1840

As noted activist/abolitionist Angelina Grimke said in 1838, “Until the pictures of the slave's sufferings were drawn and held up to the public gaze, no Northerner had any idea of the cruelty of the system, it never entered their minds that such abominations could exist in Christian, Republican America." - www.awesomestories.com

Chained Work 1840

That’s not to say the almanacs — carved from woodblocks — were not met without resistance. Southern states were adamant in their attempts to block the distribution of these materials. - www.awesomestories.com

Branding Slaves 1840

They were, however, widely read in the North, where they originated. - Awesome Stories

Cutting Slaves 1840

Their gruesome imagery incited social action, and petitions to end slavery soon began flooding Congress. - Awesome Stories

Dogs Guns 1840

These petitions became so overwhelming that in 1836 the U.S. House of Representatives implemented the “gag rule,” which blocked debate on the subject. - Awesome Stories

Field Work 1840

Abolitionists were unfazed by the ruling, and continued to agitate for the end of slavery, gaining momentum through the continued dissemination of their almanacs. - Awesome Stories

Improving Females 1840

The gag ruling was eventually repealed in 1844. - Awesome Stories

Mother Child 1840

Initially, abolitionists hoped that one of the major political parties of the time (the Democrats or the Whigs) would support their cause with the immediacy they demanded. - Awesome Stories

Negro Pew 1840

That didn’t happen, and so in 1848, abolitionists established the Free Soil party. - Awesome Stories

Northern Hospitality 1840

The party’s platform was "Free Soil, Free Speech, Free Labor and Free Men, and under it we will fight on and fight ever, until a triumphant victory shall reward our exertions." - Awesome Stories

Paid Unpaid 1840

While short-lived, the party exerted major influence in Congress, where it sent 16 elected officials. It also had two presidential candidates, Martin Van Buren in 1848 and John P. Hale in 1852, both of whom lost. - Awesome Stories

Poor Things 1840

The party's most important legacy lies not in votes or numbers, but the political possibilities it provided, allowing anti-slavery Democrats a way to convene with likeminded individuals of other parties. - Awesome Stories

Vicksburg 1840

This political faction would eventually become the Republican Party, whose most well remembered elected official, Abraham Lincoln, would later enact the Emancipation Proclamation on January 1, 1863 and change the status of 3 million people from "slave" to "free." - Awesome Stories

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