Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Today in Labor History—October 23

Cover Art for Otto Ruhle's Illustrierte Kultur, Art by John Heartfield (from Justseeds Artists Cooperative)
October 23, 1874 -- Otto Rühle (1874-1943) was born on this day in Freiberg. Ruhle was a left council communist of the Spartacist League. Along with Karl Liebknecht, Rosa Luxemburg and Franz Mehring, Ruhle help found the magazine Internationale. Ruhle opposed both world wars, Leninism, fascism, and Bolshevism. (From the Daily Bleed)

October 23, 1903 – The U.S. anti-anarchist immigration act was first tested with the arrest of John Turner who was detained on Ellis Island until his deportation.  (From the Daily Bleed)

October 23, 1956 – Pro-Polish demonstrations in Budapest signaled the start of the Hungarian uprising which was part of anti-Stalinist wave throughout Eastern Europe. 250,000 students, workers and soldiers demonstrated in Budapest in support of the Polish insurrection and demanding reforms in Hungary. Security police fired into the crowd, killing several. (From the Daily Bleed)

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