Monday, August 29, 2011

On This Day: Infamous 1968 Democratic National Convention Closes in Chicago

On this day (August 29) in 1968, the infamous Democratic National Convention came to a close at the International Amphitheatre in Chicago. It was at this convention that Hubert H. Humphrey (who eventually lost to Richard Nixon) was nominated — but the convention is more remembered for the violent riots on the streets of Chicago.

Torn down in 1999, the Amphitheatre was a Chicago landmark, located adjacent to the former Union Stock Yards on the south side. It also was host to the 1952 and 1956 Democratic National Conventions, as well as the 1952 and 1960 Republican National Conventions.

Here's a quick video that gives a look at the chaos of the 1968 convention:

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