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The Donner Party's journey began in Springfield, Illinois April 16, 1846.  They reached Fort Laramie June 27, only one week behind schedule.  By October 31, after a series of misadventures, the 81 members were only 150 miles from Sutter's Fort, California.

But they stopped for the night below what would come to be called Donner Pass, and that night snow closed the pass.  After 2,500 miles they lost the race against winter by a single day.

On December 15 the first person died of malnutrition.  As the winter kept them trapped, some of the people resorted to cannibalism to keep from starving.

The first relief effort reached the Donner Party February 19.  They left February 22, but could only take 24 people with them.  The last relief party left the camp on April 21, 1847.  Out of 81 members, 46 survived.


The riots in Los Angeles relate to police officers being videotaped beating Rodney King. A year after the beating, an all white jury in predominantly white Simi Valley acquitted the charged officers. On April 29, 1992, outrage at the acquittal exploded. Before the riot ended, 53 people were dead and damage stood at one billion dollars.
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