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Today in labor history: Western Federation of Miners founded

"The mine owners did not find the gold, they did not mine the gold, they did not mill the gold, but by some weird alchemy, all the gold belonged to them!"

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Today in labor history: Labor of thousands completes first transcontinental railroad

Thanks to an army of thousands of Chinese and Irish immigrants, who laid 2,000 miles of track, the nation's first transcontinental railway line was finished.

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Today in labor history: Big Bill Haywood tried for murder

On this day in 1907, union organizer Big Bill Haywood went on trial accused of an explosion that resulted in the death of Frank Steunenberg.

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Today in labor history: Russian composer Tchaikovsky born

His works are still appreciated today, and he is seen by many critics as having transcended the cliches of the Russian classical music of his time.

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Today in labor history: Chicago Haymarket affair

Probably no single event has influenced the history of labor in the United States, and even the world, more than the Chicago Haymarket affair.

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Today in labor history: Poor Peoples March began in Washington, D.C.

The Poor Peoples March began in Washington D.C. less than a month after the murder of Martin Luther King Jr.

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Today in labor history: Everettville mine explosion

Only nine of the men working in the mine at the time of the disaster were able to escape, after one of them got to safety and returned with a rescue team and equipment.

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Today in labor history: Army seizes Montgomery Ward HQ

On the orders of President Roosevelt, the U.S. Army seized the Chicago headquarters of the unionized Montgomery Ward & Co. after management twice defied the NLRB.

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Today in labor history: SCLC's Ralph Abernathy and 100 workers arrested

The workers were protesting at the South Carolina Medical College Hospital demanding wage increases and union recognition.

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Today in labor history: Irish launch “Easter Rising”

The Irish Republican Brotherhood launched the "Easter Rebellion," an armed uprising against oppressive British rule.

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