Friday, October 12, 2012

Today in Labor History—October 12

October 12, 1845 – The First Industrial Congress of US (first US national labor congress) met in  New York City. (From the Daily Bleed)

October 12, 1898 – Also known as “Miners Day,” October 12 commemorates the 14 miners who were killed in the “Virden Riot” of October 1898, when miners got in a shootout with mine guards attempting to bring in strikebreakers. The riot came in response to mine owners refusal to accept the 8-hour day, offer raises, abolish the company store and recognize the United Mine Workers. (From Workday Minnesota and the Daily Bleed))

October 12, 1902 – Fourteen miners were killed and 22 were wounded at Pana, Illinois. (From the Daily Bleed)

October 12,  1925 – 600 U.S. marines landed and took over police duties in Panama City, Panama, during a strike and rent riots. (From the Daily Bleed)

October 12, 1976 – Over one million Canadian workers demonstrated against wage controls. (From Workday Minnesota)

October 12, 1998 – Matthew Shepard died from injuries sustained after being beaten and tortured in a homophobic assault in Laramie, Wyoming. (From theDaily Bleed)

October 12, 2000 – Peruvian teachers fought police in front the building of Congress, in Lima, demanding the resignation of Fujimori. (From the Daily Bleed)

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