Sunday, December 11, 2011

Today in Labor History—December 11

December 11, 1917 -- Thirteen black soldiers were hanged for alleged participation in a riot in Houston, Texas. (From the Daily Bleed)

December 11, 1927 – A Soviet-style Commune began in Canton, but was wiped out after three days by the Russian Communist-supplied Kuo Min Tang. (From the Daily Bleed)

December 11, 1951 – An Illinois State mine inspector approved coal dust removal techniques at the New Orient mine in West Frankfurt, Illinois. Ten days later the mine exploded, killing 119 workers, because of coal dust accumulations,. (From the Daily Bleed)

December 11, 1981 - More than 500 people were massacred by the Salvadoran military in the village of El Mozote in what may have been the largest 20th century massacre in Latin America. Men, women and children were tortured and systematically executed by the U.S.-supported regime in their attempt to wipe out unions, leftists and peasant activists. (From Workday Minnesota)

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