Monday, September 5, 2011

Today in Labor History—September 5

Execution of Robespiere
September 5, 1793 – The revolutionary government began the Terror. (From the Daily Bleed)

September 5, 1794 – Radical democrat Jacques Roux was arrested in France. (From the Daily Bleed)

September 5, 1863 – Bread riots occurred in Mobile, Alabama. (From the Daily Bleed)

September 5, 1882 – The first American Labor Day was observed, with 30,000 workers marching in New York City. (From the Daily Bleed)

September 5, 1887 – Labor Day was first observed as a legal holiday (to distract workers from celebrating the much more oppositional International Workers Day on May 1 and the historical of violence against the working class epitomized by the Haymarket affair). (From the Daily Bleed)

September 5, 1911 – Students abandoned their classrooms in London and marched in the streets after a boy was punished for encouraging his friends to strike against corporal punishment. Schools in over 60 major towns and cities come out in solidarity. (From the Daily Bleed)

September 5, 1917 –Federal agents attacked Industrial Workers of the World (IWW) halls and offices in 48 cities across the nation as part of the Palmer raids against the left.  

September 5, 1964Elizabeth Gurley Flynn died in Moscow. Flynn was an anarchist, labor militant and founding member of the IWW before converting and joining the American Communist
Party. (From the Daily Bleed)

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