Tuesday, August 14, 2012

Today in Labor History—August 14

August 14, 1846Henry David Thoreau was jailed for refusing to pay his taxes in protest of the Mexican War. (From the Daily Bleed)

August 14, 1850 – Squatters' riots occurred in California. 500 militia men were sent to Sacramento to quell the uprising and martial law was declared. 2 squatters and 3 militiamen were killed, as were 2 bystanders. (From the Daily Bleed and Wikipedia)

August 14, 1934 - The most successful anti-poverty program in U.S. history was created when President Franklin D. Roosevelt signed the Social Security Act into law. (From Workday Minnesota)

August 14, 1999 - Former AFL-CIO President Lane Kirkland died. Kirkland was a staunch anti-Communist and strong supporter of the Solidarity movement in Poland. (From Workday Minnesota)

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