Learn What Happened Today in Labor History: February 14

February 14, 1817: Anti-slavery activist Frederick Douglass was born on this date. (Check out the graphic novel about Frederick Douglass by comic book artist extraordinaire, David Walker) February 14, 1903: President Theodore Roosevelt signed a law creating the Department of Commerce and Labor. February 14, 1903: The Western Federation of Miners (WFM) went on strike for …

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Today in Labor History—February 13

February 13, 1635 – Boston Latin School was opened, the first public school in the United States. February 13, 1837 – A flour Riot occurred in New York City. 6,000 New Yorkers attending a “bread, meat, rent, and fuel” meeting in Chatham Square assaulted local flour merchants who they claimed were hoarding flour in order to drive …

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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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