Tuesday, October 9, 2012

Today in Labor History—October 9

Mary Heaton Vorse, passport phot0, 1915 (from Wikipedia)

October 9, 1874 - Mary Heaton Vorse was born on this date in New York. Vorse was a labor journalist who wrote eyewitness accounts of many of the significant labor battles of her day. She also wrote the novel, "Strike!" which was made into a film in 2007.(From Workday Minnesota)

October 9, 1936—A lettuce strike occurred in Salinas, California. Fearing the communists, authorities removed the red flags that had appeared throughout town, only to find out later that they are part of a traffic check being done by the state highway division. (From the Daily Bleed)

October 9, 1969—Ernesto “Che” Guevara was captured and summarily executed on this date, at the age of 39. (From the Daily Bleed)

October 9, 1982—The Polish anti-communist trade union Solidarnosc was declared illegal. (From the Daily Bleed)

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