Thursday, October 27, 2011

Today in Labor History-October 27


October 27, 1904 - The New York City subway opened on this date in 1904. The first rapid-transit system in America ran its first route from City Hall to Grand Central Station, then west to Times Square and north to 145th Street. Over 100 workers died building the first 13 miles of the system. (From Workday Minnesota)

October 27, 1912 -- Conlon Nancarrow (1912-1997) was born on this date in Texarkana, Arkansas. Nancarrow was an avant guard composer, who also fought in the Lincoln Brigades against the Franco dictatorship, and an anarchist activist. He eventually fled the U.S.  to México City to avoid being arrested for his former Communist affiliations. (From the Daily Bleed)

October 27, 1920 – 40,000 Philadelphia textile workers were fired in an attempt to purge the factories of “radicals.” (From the Daily Bleed)

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