1837 – The Broad Street Riot breaks out

The Broad Street Riot was an outbreak of violence occasioned by racial tensions between Irish immigrants and native Bostonians. Fire Engine Company 20 was returning from a fire when they encountered an Irish funeral procession at the corner of Milk Street and Broad Street in Boston.

The initial groups weren’t particularly large, but both sides were reinforced by their respective countrymen as the afternoon drew on. All in all, about a thousand people were involved in the riot, and the army had to be called out to quell the disturbance. Incredibly, no one was killed in the riot.

Referenced in:
Riot on Broad Street — Mighty Mighty Bosstones