Sunday, January 8, 2012

Today in Labor History—January 8

January 8, 1811 – A slave uprising occurred on this date in New Orleans. (From the Daily Bleed)

January 8, 1864 – Mary Kenney O'Sullivan (1864-1943) was born on this date in Hannibal, Missouri. O’Sullivan was the first American Federation of Labor (AFL) woman organizer. She also organized the Woman's Bookbinder Union in 1880 and was a founder of the National Women’s Trade Union League (WTUL) in 1903. (From the Daily Bleed)

1883 – In Lyon, France the trial of the anarchists known as "the 66" began on this date. "The 66" were accused of promoting workers' strikes and the abolition of the rights of property, family, fatherland and religion. Leaders like Peter Kropotkin, Emile Gautier, Joseph Bernard and Toussaint Bordat received four years in prison, while 39 of their cohorts received sentences ranging from six months to three years. (From the Daily Bleed)

January 8, 1892 – An anarchist revolt occurred in Andalusia involving hundreds of farm laborers who took the town of Jerez. The uprising was quickly subdued and its leaders captured and tortured. Four were sentenced to death and executed on February 10. (From the Daily Bleed)

January 8, 1933 – An anarchist uprising began in Barcelona, Madrid and Valencia. While the northern uprising was quickly suppressed, another anarchist uprising broke out in the Andalusian town of Casas Viejas on January 11. (From the Daily Bleed)

January 8, 1969 – In San Jose, California, teachers joined with striking students to oppose the Vietnam War. (From the Daily Bleed)

January 8, 1991 – 200 Teamsters leaders held a "Labor for Peace" meeting to oppose the Gulf War, New York City. (From the Daily Bleed)

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