BOSTON RACE RIOT Negroes riot in Boston's Roxbury ghetto section. Three nights of violence include smashing, burning, and looting of stores. Mobs throw rocks and bottles at police; a rooftop sniper wounds a fireman. An emergency meeting is called with Negro leaders.
DROUGHT IN THE NORTHEAST Crops are severely affected by one of the worst droughts of the century in the summer of 1964. Apple orchards whither and livestock drinks water that's trucked in to keep them alive. New wells are dug to find water deeper down. Rivers are way below normal and families carry water from the village water pump to their homes. Forests are closed due to devastating forest fires in New England, New York, New Jersey and Pennsylvania
PANORAMA OF WESTWALL FIGHTING Strasbourg, capital of Alsace-Lorraine, is captured by the Americans and the French. Flooded canals testify to the unruly weather being encountered. Tons of heavy equipment have been left by the Nazis in their headlong retreat. And swastikas by the thousand, are trod under foot by sullen Nazi prisoners. Various villages, including Baseweiler, are bombarded, then entered. Many Yanks are wounded. Pursuing the scorched earth policy, the Nazis have applied the torch to many of the towns, causing the natives to band into volunteer fire departments, to save their homes.
BONUS ARMY REVOLT Thousands of unemployed WWI vets descend on Washington D.C., demanding payment of the Service Certificates. The U.S. Army is called in to control the unruly crowd. The shanties, where the vets camped out, are burned.
SAN FRANCISCO EARTHQUAKE AFTERMATH A series of earthquakes lasting 48 hours cause numerous fires and millions of dollars of damage. The tremors shattered bridges and buckled highways within a 150 mile radius. A grocery store is strewn with items that fell from the shelves.
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