Sunday, May 12, 2013

Today in Labor History--May 12

May 12, 1856 – Trade unions in Victoria, Australia, demonstrated for the 8-hour day. (From the Daily Bleed)
May 12, 1902 –Anthracite coal miners went on strike in Pennsylvania. (From the Daily Bleed)
James Connolly
May 12, 1916 -- James Connolly, IWW organizer and Irish freedom fighter was executed on this date in Dublin for his role in the Easter Rising. (From the Daily Bleed)
May 12, 1921 – The “Three Day's Battle" began along both shores of the Tug River, in West Virginia, with sniping by labor strikers at state police, deputies and coal company officials. (From the Daily Bleed)
May 12, 1926 – The Massachusetts Supreme Court upheld the death sentences of Sacco & Vanzetti, denying their motion for a new trial. (From the Daily Bleed)
May 12, 1927 – Sandinista guerrillas decided to continue their fight until they defeat the invading U.S. Marines. One of their manifestos read, "it is better to be killed as a rebel than to live on as a slave." (From the Daily Bleed)
May 12, 1950 – A court ordered Communist Party head Eugene Dennis to serve a year in jail for refusing to testify before House Un-American Activities Committee (HUAC). (From the Daily Bleed)

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