May 10, 1975

On this day in 1975, Stevie Wonder headlined the fourth annual “Human Kindness Day” festival in Washington, DC.

125,000 gathered around the Washington Monument to celebrate, but contradictory to the name of the festival, many in the crowd turned violent. Over 500 cases of robberies, assaults and molestation were reported and 150 people were hospitalized. A 46 year old man walking through the crowd on his way home after work was attacked from behind and stabbed in the left eye.

The persons inflicting the assaults were gang members who were armed with knives, ice picks, bats and bottles.

Only 32 people were arrested.


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