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This Week in History June 24-30

June 28, 1969: Stonewall riot begins

Eight New York City police officers arrived at the Stonewall Inn for a routine raid on the bar and its gay patrons—but this time, the patrons fought back. Widely considered the watershed moment of the LGBT civil rights movement, the Stonewall riots lasted three nights, with more than 1,000 people participating. Above, young people celebrate the anniversary of the riots on Christopher Street. (Getty)

 

This Week in History June 24-30

By William Holt

In 1950, Cold War tensions ignited a war in Korea that would last three years. In 1953, Chevrolet assembled the first Corvette in Michigan, and by 1969 the LGBT civil rights movement was well underway in New York—all this and more in this week in history.