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Today in labor history: The human cost of mining

On December 19, 1907, 239 workers died in a coal mine explosion. This same day in 1984, 27 workers at Wilberg Mine died in Orangeville, Utah.

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Today in labor history: Operation PUSH founded

Eventually the organization was able to expand into areas of social and political development for blacks in Chicago and across the nation.

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Today in labor history: Wright brothers make first flight

At 10:35 a.m. on this day in 1903, Orville Wright flew the Flyer over 120 feet of ground for 12 seconds.

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Today in labor history: Abolitionist William Lloyd Garrison born

William Lloyd Garrison, one of the nation's most outstanding abolitionist leaders, was born Dec. 12, 1805, in Newburyport, Mass.

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Today in labor history: Worst-ever U.S. mine disaster occurs

1907 was a particularly troubling year in West Virginia, during which a total of 3,242 people were killed in mining accidents.

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Today in labor history: Abolitionist John Brown was hanged

On Dec. 2, 1859, abolitionist John Brown was hanged in Charleston, Va., for his leadership of a plot to incite slave rebellion.

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Today in labor history: Workers perform "Pins and Needles" on Broadway

Today in labor history, Nov. 27, 1937, the pro-labor musical revue, "Pins & Needles," opens on Broadway with a cast of International Ladies Garment Workers Union members.

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Today in labor history: FDR establishes Thanksgiving holiday

President George Washington became the first president to proclaim a Thanksgiving holiday, when, at the request of Congress, he proclaimed November 26 as a day of national thanksgiving for the U.S. Constitution.

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Today in labor history: Zumbi, leader of community of freed slaves, beheaded

On this day in 1695,  Zumbi dos Palmares, leader of a Brazilian state of freed slaves was beheaded by the Portuguese.

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Today in labor history: Popular Socialist Youth formed

On November 18, 1944 in Cuba, the Popular Socialist Youth was founded, as a continuation of the Cuban Revolutionary Youth.

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