Monday, May 20, 2013

Today in Labor History—May 20

May 20, 1639 – The first American public school was established in Dorchester, Mass. (From the Daily Bleed)
1776 portrait of Brant
May 20, 1776 – The Mohawks, under Joseph Brandt, defeated Americans at the Battle of the Cedars. (From the Daily Bleed)

May 20, 1911 – The anarchist Magonistas of the Partido Liberal Mexicano published a proclamation calling for the peasants to take collective possession of the land in the territories of Baja California. They had already defeated government forces there. Members of the IWW traveled south to help them. (From the Daily Bleed)

May 20, 1926 –The Railway Labor Act was enacted in the wake of strikes and federal seizures of the railroads. The law guaranteed collective bargaining rights to railroad workers. (From the Daily Bleed)

May 20, 1938 – 500 unemployed workers began a sit-down strike in Hotel Georgia, Vancouver, BC. (From the Daily Bleed)

May 20, 1946 – The U.S. government took over control of the coal mines (again). (From the Daily Bleed)

May 20, 1950 – A general strike and rebellion began in Bolivia. It was put down two days later. (From the Daily Bleed)

May 20, 1963 – White mobs attacked the "Freedom Riders" in Montgomery, Alabama. President Kennedy sent 400 US marshals to Alabama to protect Freedom Riders. (From the Daily Bleed)

May 20, 1980 – Koreans rose up in Kwangju against the repressive U.S.-supported government. (From the Daily Bleed)

May 20, 1989 – Martial law was declared in Beijing to quell the pro-democracy movement and massive student demonstrations in Tiananmen Square. (From the Daily Bleed)

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