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Today in labor history: Blues legend Big Bill Broonzy born

Lee Conley Bradley, who became known as Big Bill Broonzy, was born on June 26 in 1893, as he later said, or possibly in 1905 as family records suggest.

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Today in history: World-changers McCartney, Mbeki born

Two world-changing figures from the worlds of politics and music were born 72 years ago today, June 18, 1942.

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Today in women’s history: Betty Allen, steel town to opera, is born

Growing up in a working class community, Elizabeth Louise (Betty Lou) Allen heard opera on the streets, from neighbors' radios.

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Today in black history: Leontyne Price born

Her voice was "rich, supple and shining, it was in its prime capable of effortlessly soaring from a smoky mezzo to the pure soprano gold of a perfectly spun high C."

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Today in labor history: Beethoven’s music belongs to all of us

He was a brilliant pianist and one of the most famous and influential of all composers.

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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: Wreck of the Old 97

The derailment left 11 of the eighteen on board dead and the remaining seven injured. Among the dead were engineer Broady, the conductor, and the flagman.

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Today in labor history: Influential rapper Tupac Shakur dies

On this day in 1996, rap artist and actor Tupac Amaru Shakur died, leaving a legacy that has influenced millions of working class young people, and subsequent hip hop artists.

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Today in labor history: IWW's “Little Red Songbook” published

The book included famous pro-worker songs like "The Internationale" and "Solidarity Forever."

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Today in labor history: Musician Bob Dylan is born

Songs like "Blowin' in the Wind," and "The Times, They Are a-Changin'" became powerful anthems of the social struggles and anti-war sentiment of Dylan's era.

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