History Blog

June 28

Happy Birthday RIP Gilda Radner(1946–1989) Carleton “Tony” Young(1937–2002) Noriyuki “Pat” Morita(1932–2005) ; Melvin Kaminsky(“Mel Brooks”)–95 John Biener–83 Bruce Davison–75 Kathleen “Kathy” Bates–73 Alice Krige–67 John Cusack–55 Mary Stuart Masterson–55 Danielle Brisebois–52 Michael “Mike” White–51 Jack “Steve” Burton–51 ; 1969 – The Stonewall riots (also known as the Stonewall uprising or the Stonewall rebellion) were a series of spontaneous demonstrations by members of the gay community.in response to a police raid that began in the early morning hours of June 28, 1969, at the Stonewall Inn in the Greenwich Village. Patrons of the Stonewall, and other Village lesbian and gay bars, and neighborhood street people fought back when the police became violent. The Riots marked the start of the modern Gay Rights Movement. 1970 – marked the first anniversary of the Stonewall riots with an assembly on Christopher Street in NYC with simultaneous Gay Pride marches in Los Angeles and Chicago, these were the first Gay Pride marches in U.S. history.

Note that May 31 1959 Cooper’s Donuts in DTLA (Downtown Los Angeles) had a small riot where several blocks on Main street were barricaded after gay men and trans people rioted over harassment by police (five were arrested for sexual misconduct). Many establishments like this one known to be hangouts for gay men and transgender women had raids and entrapment during that time frame. Reportedly at Cooper’s they threw paper cups and plates and food at the officers.