Today in Latin American History
U.S. Sailors, Marines Clash With Latino Youths in the Zoot Suit Riots in 1943
Photo: Zoot Suits
Today in Latin American history, white U.S. Navy sailors & Marines clashed with Latino youths in the Zoot Suit Riots in 1943.
They were a series of riots in 1943 during World War II that broke out in Los Angeles, California, between white sailors and Marines stationed throughout the city and Latino youths, who were recognizable by the zoot suits they favored. Mexican Americans and military servicemen were the main parties in the riots, and some African American and Filipino-American youth were involved as well.
The Zoot Suit Riots were in part the effect of the infamous Sleepy Lagoon murder which involved the death of a young Latino man in a barrio near Los Angeles.
The incident triggered similar attacks against Latinos in Beaumont, Texas; Chicago, San Diego, Oakland, Detroit, Evansville, Philadelphia, and New York.
Other events that occurred on this day:
- Today in LatAm history, Puerto Rican baseball player Jose Molina who catches for the Tampa Bay Rays was born in 1975
- Today in LatAm history, Brazilian footballer Cris Marques who plays for the National team & Olympique Lyonnais was born in 1977
- Today in LatAm history, a blowout at the Ixtoc I oil well in the Gulf of Mexico spills 3,000,000 barrels in 1979