On Feb 14, 1916, a group of 15,000 Australian soldiers went on a drunken rampage through the streets of Sydney, hijacking trains and drinking pubs dry of beer.
During the ’92 Rodney King riots in LA, Korean store owners, afraid the LAPD would not come to their aid, banded together on rooftops with assault weapons and saved Koreatown from looting.
In 1964, riots broke out in North Philadelphia over a false rumor that police beat a pregnant black woman to death. Over 200 businesses were looted or destroyed. Most of those businesses never returned, which lead to much of North Philadelphia turning into the crime-ridden slum we see today.
Whites in Oklahoma slaughtered up to 300 blacks, buried them in mass graves, and burned down their town in the worst race riot in US history. This was done because of a made-up newspaper headline.
In 1922, people rioted over whether it was okay or not to wear a straw hat past the “socially acceptable” date of September 15, in New York. The riot lasted 8 days and led to multiple arrests. Gangs of teenagers prowled the streets wielding large sticks, sometimes with a nail driven through the top, looking for pedestrians wearing straw hats and beating those who resisted.
The Cleveland Indians once had a “10 cent beer night” that ended in the crowd rioting and attacking the players and umpires. Players and coaches used baseball bats to fend off the rioting fans.
In the London riots of 2011, the looting and vandalism which took place throughout the city was almost totally avoided by bookshops. One man said his store would probably stay open during the unrest, stating: “If they steal some books, they might actually learn something.“