The HOUGH RIOTS, 18-24 July 1966, were a spontaneous outbreak of violence characterized by vandalism, looting, arson, and sporadic gunfire. Although there had been racial disturbances earlier in the summer, these events proved to be more serious and widespread. The riots were sparked by a dispute over a glass of water at the Seventy-Niners Cafe at Hough Ave. and E. 79th St. on the evening of 18 July, which escalated until the police were unable to deal with the situation. As the crowd grew larger, rock throwing, looting, and vandalism gradually spread throughout the Hough area. The following evening the violence was repeated, with fires set in the area as well as reports of sniper fire.
At the request of Mayor Ralph Locher, the Natl. Guard moved into
Cleveland Citizens Committee on Hough Disturbances (1966).
Cuyahoga County Grand Jury Special Report Relating to the Hough Riots (1966).
Lackritz, Marc E. "The Hough Riots of 1966" (B.A. thesis, Princeton Univ., 1968).
Urban League of Cleveland Report on the Hough Riots.