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STONEWALL INN RAIDED BY POLICE

On June 27th, 1969: Popular gay bar and nightclub the Stonewall Inn was raided by police. Though such raids were typical in the Greenwich village neighborhood, this time, the patrons of the Stonewall Inn were pushed to the breaking point by the unfair treatment and continued harassment at the hands of the police. They refused to participate with law enforcement, encouraging the surrounding crowd to stand up and riot for gay rights. The riots quickly grew beyond the original instigators, topping out at over a thousand participants. The aftershock was felt not only in New York City but also throughout the country where other gay communities began to organize for their rights, leading many to consider the Stonewall raid and riots a to be the beginning of the gay civil rights movement.

THE NEW YORK STOCK EXCHANGED CRASHED

On June 27th, 1893: The New York Stock Exchanged crashed for the second time in two months, plunging the nation into what is now called the Panic of 1893. As a result of this crash, the U.S. government was unable to give Americans gold in exchange for cash, leaving the nation without a system of credit. The price of silver and gold went into a steep decline, leaving the nation in the worst economic depression it had ever suffered at the time

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BORN ON THIS DAY: NORMA KAMALI

On June 27th, 1945: Fashion designer Norma Kamali was born. A graduate of the Fashion Institute of Technology and a recipient of numerous fashion awards, Kamali is best known for her innovative designs such as the “sleeping bag” coat and her use of shoulder pads in the 1980’s. She has also received cult status for being the designer of the red swimsuit worn by Farrah Fawcett in the popular and iconic 1976 poster.

 

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