Friday, February 10, 2012

Today in Labor History—February 10

February 10, 1794The French revolutionist Jacques Roux (1752-1794) committed suicide on this date in his Paris prison cell. Also known as the "Red Priest," Roux denounced those monopolizing the revolution, the speculator, the merchant, government and the parliamentary state.  (From the Daily Bleed)

February 10. 1892 – Four farmworkers were executed during the repression following the January 8 uprising in Jerez, Andalusia, setting off new waves of violence. In January, hundreds of farm workers calling for "social revolution," took over Jerez. (From the Daily Bleed)

February 10, 1898 – Marxist playwright Bertolt Brecht was born on this date in Augsburg. Brecht was a doctor, poet and playwright. He fled the Nazis only to be persecuted in the U.S. by HUAC during the Cold War. (From the Daily Bleed)
February 10, 1913 - Rubber workers belonging to the Industrial Workers of the World went on strike in Akron, Ohio. (From Workday Minnesota)

February 10, 1932 – The CNT called a General Strike in Catalonia, leading to an insurrection. Within a week the Catalan city of Terrassa was taken over and anarchist communism was declared. (From the Daily Bleed)

February 10, 1948 – The great Soviet filmmaker Sergei Eisenstein died on this date ("Potemkin," "Ivan the Terrible," "Ten Days That Shook the World").

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