In 2015, a radio DJ in Austria barricaded himself into his studio and played Wham's 'Last Christmas' 24 times in a row. He did it as a protest for lack of holiday spirit, and only stopped after his 4-year-old daughter called in to complain. businessinsider.com/radio…
In 1997 a series of Ponzi schemes run by the Albanian government collapsed. 2/3rds of the citizenry were invested. This lead to mass protests. And the formation of gangs, who took control of entire cities. These gangs siezed weapons from military bases, and started a full blown civil war. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alb…
In 2010 approx. 400 Allied Nippon workers beat their boss to death with iron rods to protest layoffs of their former co-workers, two other senior managers were hospitalised and members of Human Resources were also attacked. businessinsider.com/fired…
In 1968 the Mauritanian president gave orders to shoot at a workers protest, nine people died as a result and the president immediately afterward made a statement on the radio saying he gave orders to shoot at their legs but because they reached down to pick up rocks they ended up getting killed tawary.com/spip.php?artic…
In 1985 French Military Agents bombed a green peace vessel in a New Zealand harbor that was there to protest French Nuclear testing on a nearby island. The blast killed one crewmember. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sin…
Famed 19th century author Leo Tolstoy was penpals with Mahatma Gandhi and inspired his practice of nonviolent protest en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Leo…
Today I learned of Peter Buxtun, an epidemiologist at the Public Health Service who after filing two protests with his superiors was the man who blew the whistle on the Tuskeegee Syphilis Experiment.t It would become front page news in the New York Times the next day and congressional hearings would be called. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pet…
In November of 1999, Kevin Smith attended a protest against his own movie: "Dogma." He even made it onto the local news, when the on-the-scene reporter asked him (not knowing it it was him) his thoughts on the movie. He responded: "I don't know, but I've been told, 'not good.'" comicbook.com/movies/news…
, in 1990 Australian radio station Triple J, played N.W.A's 'Express Yourself' 82 times in a row in protest over its acting news editor Nick Franklin, getting suspended for playing N.W.A's 'Fuck The Police' on air. The protest was a success and Franklin had his suspension revoked. smh.com.au/entertainment/…
One of the few (and perhaps the only) citizen-led protest against Kristallnacht in 1938 was organised by an Indigenous Australian named William Cooper. Almost 30 years before Indigenous Australians were allowed to be citizens of Australia. sbs.com.au/nitv/article/2…
During the discussion of the proposed House of Lord Reform in 1999 which will limit the numbers of Hederitary peers to 92, the Earl of Burford protest by leaped to his feet, crossed the floor of the House, stood on the speaker chair and denounce the proposed bill in front of the house. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cha…
In 2011, a New York man died on his motorcycle while participating in a protest against the law for mandatory helmets. The police say he would likely have survived had he worn a helmet. abcnews.go.com/US/york-ri…
The Rolling Stones had to censor their song, "Let's Spend the Night Together", when they went on Ed Sullivan's show. They had to change the lyric to "let's spend some time together", but Mick Jagger rolled his eyes each time this line was sung in protest. ultimateclassicrock.com/r…
On April 23, 1951 Barbara Rose Johns, at 16 years old, led a student strike to protest the inequality of segregated schools in Virginia. A civil suit filed by the NAACP on her behalf was the only student led suit to join the landmark Supreme Court case Brown v. Board of Education. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bar…
Today I learned about the "Official Monster Raving Loony Party." A British political party started in 1983 by a musician called, "Screaming Lord Sutch, 3rd Earl of Harrow," who later committed suicide. It exists as party for protest voters, mainly in areas where the main candidates are unlikely to be defeated. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Off…
In an interview on March 1966 John Lennon said that The Beatles "We're more popular than Jesus now". His comments were reprinted in an American magazine which caused show cancellations and protests, record burnings, radio stations boycotting playing their music and anti-Beatles rallies. ultimateclassicrock.com/j…
Today I learned about Charles Liteky, the only Medal of Honor recipient to return the medal. He saved 20 wounded soldiers, while he was an unarmed chaplain, during intense enemy fire, in 1967. He ultimately chose to return the honor in 1986, as protest of US policies in Central America. Citation in comments. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cha…
Even though Johnny Cash's first wife was Italian-American, black and white photos in the 1960s misled some people into believing that she was black, which led to protests, death threats, and cancelled shows history.com/news/why-hate…
A disgruntled game dev student made a hilariously terrible animation of a dancing bear as a protest that he learned nothing from an animation class, by only utilizing techniques taught in the class. It became a meme after a friend uploaded it to youtube; he also got an A waxy.org/2008/01/colins_b…
In June 1945 after violent French suppression of protests in Syria Winston Churchill sent British forces across the border from Jordan with orders to fire on the French if necessary in what became known as the "Levant Crisis". en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lev…
Disneyland has had closed six times partially or fully in its history due to the JFK assassination in 1963, the anti-Vietnam War protests in 1970, winter storm in 1987, the 1994 Northridge Earthquake, 9/11, and COVID-19 pandemic en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dis…
In 1978 Austria has built a €1.4 billion nuclear reactor, capable of powering 1.8 million households. It was ready to start at a press of a button, but due to negative popular opinion and protests, a referendum was triggered with 50.47% voting against the start-up. It never split a single atom. youtube.com/watch?v=WUVZb…
In order to protest the high tariffs enforced by a U.K. censorship board, a filmmaker sent in a 10 hour β€œmovie” of white paint drying. They had to watch the entire film. independent.co.uk/arts-en…
The anime Voltes V was banned in 1979 in the Philippines because of its use as a protest icon against the government when the country was under martial law en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vol…
In 2003, MTV aired an adult cartoon called Clone High which features clones of historical figures in high school. It was canceled after one season because it caused mass protest in India and even hunger strikes over its portrayal of Ghandi as a party animal ew.com/tv/2017/11/02/clon…
There was an Anti-Mask League, an organization formed to protest the requirement for people in San Francisco to wear masks during the 1918 influenza pandemic. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ant…
In 1968, in protest of the UK government cutting military funding, a Royal Air Force pilot went rogue and flew a Hunter jet low over parliament, rattling their windows, before tucking through a gap just 200 ft wide in Tower Bridge. The stunt remains as a record to this day. youtube.com/watch?v=Gavx5…
Bloomers, the short gym bottoms worn by Japanese girls in Anime and manga, were largely phased out IRL in favor of unisex longer-legged shorts in the 1990's after a student protest at one school over the shorts attracting "unwanted attention" spread nationally. japantimes.co.jp/news/201…
Today I learned about the Great Butter Rebellion of 1766, America's first college protest. Harvard students rallied against bad food, led by the cry of Henry David Thoreau's grandfather: "Behold, our butter stinketh! β€” Give us, therefore, butter that stinketh not.” thecrimson.com/article/20…
In 1964, Muhammad Ali threw his Olympic Gold Medal into the Ohio River as an Act of Protest against Racism. smithsonianchannel.com/vi…
In 1986 The Slow Movement that believes in "doing everything as well as possible, instead of as fast as possible." Began with a protest against the opening of a McDonalds in Rome. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Slo…
Today I learned about the Mugwumps, who were Republican political activists who voted Democrat in 1884 to protest GOP financial corruption... theatlantic.com/magazine/…
British suffragettes used toffee hammers to break windows as part of their successful protests for women voting en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tof…
A Swiss watch making company H-Moser once made a watch with Swiss cheese as the casing for the watch in protest to the Switzerland watch laws regarding the Swiss made label for being too relaxed. h-moser.com/en/news/01-20…
The Bawdy House Riots of 1668 were a series of organised attacks on London brothels as a protest against religious intolerance, resulting in death sentences for treason en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Baw…
Today I learned of the White House Peace Vigil a 24-hour a day anti-nuclear weapons peace vigil started by William Thomas in 1981. Thomas believed it to be the longest running uninterrupted anti-war protest in U.S. history en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Whi…
: Another factor for the 1989 Tiananmen Square protest was the death of Chinese reformist Hu Yaobang and rapid market economic reform. and at their last stand, the protester sings the international socialist anthem to protest the Chinese leadership for betraying their original ideas. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/198…
When the US military tried segregating the pubs in Bamber Bridge in 1943, the local Englishmen instead decided to hang up "Black soldiers only" signs on all pubs as protest en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bat…
Today I learned of r.a.p.p. (rockers against pay-to-play), a group in los angeles in the late eighties who organized protests against hollywood music venues that required performers to buy a large amount of pre-sale tickets before they would book the aforementioned act latimes.com/archives/la-x…
The US lead a 65 nation protest of the 1980 summer Olympic Games in Moscow because the Soviet Union invaded Afghanistan in 1979 2001-2009.state.gov/r/pa/…
Pacific Gas & Electric attempted to build a nuclear reactor In Bodega Bay CA where the San Andreas Fault line ran directly through the reactor core. Protests by locals were ignored until an 8.6 earthquake in Alaska caused them to be listened to. sonomamag.com/nuclear-fau…
In 2016, a British man crowdfunded a ten hour film of paint drying in order to force the British Board of Film Classification to watch it, as part of a protest against it. This is due to independent filmmakers needing to pay Β£1,000 per submission in order to be certified. The film received a U. independent.co.uk/arts-en…
Today I learned about the 1932 Bonus Army. A protest of veterans in the capital that saw differing responses from two administrations. "Hoover sent the army; Roosevelt sent his wife." boundarystones.weta.org/2…
In 1992, Singer SinΓ©ad O'Connor tore up a picture of Pope John Paul II during a performance on Saturday Night Live to protest the abuse of children within the Catholic Church. It was extremely controversial at the time and she was heavily criticised in the media. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sin…
Godiva is not just a brand of chocolate. Lady Godiva was married to the Earl of Merica. There is a legend that she rode her horse through town naked, covered only by her long hair, to protest her husband’s taxes on the villagers. britannica.com/biography/…
Paul Tibbets -the pilot who dropped the Hiroshima bomb- requested not to have a grave, so antinuclear activists wouldn't protest on it. wsfa.com/story/7300956/am…
Today I learned about the 'Rebecca Riots' in 19th Century Wales. Farmers would paint their faces and dress as women, calling themselves the 'daughters' of Rebecca (a biblical figure). They would riot, protest and launch attacks against landowner's and tollgates, ultimately succeeding in changing the law. walesonline.co.uk/lifesty…
In 2014, to protest Black Friday, Cards against Humanity only sold boxes labeled "Bullshit" to Black Friday shoppers for 6 dollars each. The boxes contained actual bull feces and some dug through it looking for a new card but found nothing but feces. The profits were donated to charity. independent.co.uk/news/we…
In 1938 William Cooper led a delegation of the Australian Aboriginal League to the German Consulate in Melbourne to hand over a petition protesting the β€œcruel persecution of the Jewish people by the Nazi government of Germany.” 70 years later Israel planted 70 trees in remembrance of the protest jta.org/2009/04/28/global…
The bassist of Rage Against the Machine once climbed the set of the MTV Video Music Awards to protest not winning Best Rock Video loudwire.com/rage-against…

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