Thursday, January 19, 2012

Today in Labor History—January 19

Joe Hill
January 19, 1812 – Luddites torched Oatlands Mill in Yorkshire, England. (From the Daily Bleed)

January 19, 1915Joe Hill was arrested on this date in Salt Lake City and later convicted on trumped up murder charges. He was executed 21 months later despite worldwide protests and two attempts to intervene by President Woodrow Wilson. In a letter to Bill Haywood shortly before his death he penned the famous words, "Don't mourn - organize!" (From, Wikipedia, Joe Hill Project)

January 19, 1915 – 20 rioting striking workers were shot by factory guards at Roosevelt, New Jersey. (From the
Daily Bleed)

January 19, 1932 – An armed miners' uprising occurred in Barcelona region as part of the general anarchist uprisings in Catalonia. "Libertarian communism" was declared, including the abolition of money and property, followed by general strikes and armed uprisings throughout Spain for the next five days.

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