Month: January 2022

Today in Labor History January 3

1870s Today in Labor History January 3, 1870: Construction began on the Brooklyn Bridge by the corrupt Tammany Hall-controlled New York Bridge Company. According to sworn testimony, Boss Tweed facilitated up to $65,000 in bribes to city aldermen to get their backing for a $1.5 million bond. He then became the primary holder of bridge stock. He …

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Today in Labor History January 2

Today in Labor History January 2, 1791: The Big Bottom massacre in the Ohio Country. After the American Revolutionary War, the U.S. government sold land in the Ohio Country, mostly to white-owned companies that promised to develop it. However, the land was already occupied by Lenape and Wyandot people, who attacked the interlopers, killing 14 settlers. This …

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Today in Labor History January 1

Today in Labor History January 1, 404: Saint Telemachus tried to stop a gladiator fight in a Roman amphitheatre, and the crowd stoned him to death. The Christian Emperor Honorius was so impressed that he issued a ban on all gladiator fights. 1700s Today in Labor History January 1, 1781: One thousand five hundred soldiers of the 6th Pennsylvania Regiment rebelled against …

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