Sunday, January 20, 2013

Today in Labor History—January 20


January 20, 1872 – Filipino soldiers and workers staged a bloody revolt against Spanish rule. (From the Daily Bleed)

January 20, 1920 – American Civil Liberties Union was founded. (From the Daily Bleed)

January 20, 1934 – Nazis abolished collective bargaining and union elections. (From the Daily Bleed)

January 20, 1946 – 750,000 US steel workers struck as part of a post war strike wave that encompassed well over a million workers. (From the Daily Bleed. See also, Modern School Labor History Timeline, Daily Kos, New York Times, Marxists.org)


January 20, 1986 - Bruce Springsteen's "My Hometown" topped the music charts on this date in 1986. The song, a eulogy for dying industrial cities, includes the lines: "Now Main Street's whitewashed windows and vacant stores / Seems like there ain't nobody wants to come down here no more / They're closing down the textile mill across the railroad tracks / Foreman says these jobs are going boys and they ain't coming back to your hometown / Your hometown / Your hometown / Your hometown . . ." (From Workday Minnesota)

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