WNY's All Time Greatest Riot: Pigs run wild
Riots can be incredibly destructive, even tragic events. But here’s one that’s both unique and somewhat humorous. On March 5, 1921, 200 women decided to take action against the driving of livestock through the streets of what was then called East Buffalo. They attacked pig drovers with sticks and stones, causing hundreds of pigs to scatter through the streets and yards of the surrounding neighborhoods. A detail of policemen had to be called to get the situation under control. Aside from a few cuts and bruises—and a whole lot of missing pigs—no serious damage was done. And that’s not something you can say about most riots.
Source: New York Times, 3/6/21. Thanks to Cynthia Van Ness, Buffalo and Erie County Historical Society librarian.