August ndash Camden, New Jersey
erupts in race riot
s following the beating death of a Puerto Rican
motorist by city police. Looting and arson occurred. This was a turning point in Camden's decline to one of the poorest and highest-crime municipalities in the United States. Camden was, however, the site of a 1949 shooting rage by Howard Unruh
, considered by some to be the first mass murder
er in the United States. The riots resulted in the demise of Camden's Sears
and AP branches. Also in 1971, Philadelphia International Records
was established, with Camden native Leon Huff as co-founder.