And countless Wet Willies.
How It Changed The World:
1977 was also the year that a cultural movement geared up in New York City -- a musical style you might have heard about called "hip-hop." One Catch: The people who were most interested in creating hip-hop were also the least likely to be able to afford to create it. Though there were thousands of talented kids who aspired to produce their own tracks, there were only a handful of local DJs who could afford the expensive equipment required to do so. Then came the mass looting of July 13, which had the effect of, let's say, "liberating" a large amount of DJ equipment to the masses.
"Acoustic redistribution," if you will.
Now, we're not coming out in favor of looting here. But the immediate aftermath of the riot was undeniable: Hip-hop culture suddenly exploded. A style that was once limited to a small number of elite artists became immediately accessible to the mainstream. Due to grand theft, sure, but everything in western music was metaphorically stolen from pop to rock 'n roll ... who's surprised by a little literal theft?