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Today in labor history: Martin Luther King Jr. awarded Nobel Peace Prize

On Oct. 14, 1964, civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr. was named winner of the Nobel Peace Prize.

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Today in labor history: Labor journalist Mary Heaton Vorse is born

 

She reported on the Lawrence textile strike, the steel strike of 1919, the textile workers strike of 1934, and coal strikes in Harlan County, Kentucky. After reporting on the Loray Mill strike in Gastonia, N. C., in 1929, she wrote her famous novel, "Strike!"

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Today in labor history: Paul Robeson loses passport appeal

On August 16, 1955, internationally known actor, singer and activist Paul Robeson lost his court appeal to force the U.S. State Department to grant him a passport.

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Today in labor history: No more Hiroshimas or Nagasakis

The United States dropped an atomic bomb on Nagasaki, Japan, Aug. 9, 1945, three days after the bombing of Hiroshima, the only two cases of using a nuclear weapon against civilians.

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Today in labor history: first general strike in Canada held

The first general strike in Canadian history was held in Vancouver on this day in 1918, organized as a 1-day political protest against the killing of draft evader and labor activist Albert "Ginger" Goodwin.

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Zero troops in Afghanistan is the right number

Afghan president Hamid Karzai visited Washington to hammer out the framework for a long-term relationship with the United States.

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Today in labor history: Vietnam war protests, draft card burned

On Oct. 15, 1965, a young Catholic Worker activist, David Miller, burned his draft card in protest of the U.S. war in Vietnam, becoming the first antiwar activist to challenge a law banning the act.

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Today in labor history … no more Hiroshimas or Nagasakis

The United States dropped a nuclear bomb on Nagasaki, Japan today Aug. 9, 1945, three days after the bombing of Hiroshima, the only two cases of using a nuclear weapon against civilians.

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Concert in tribute to Anne Feeney a big success

Hundreds gathered in New York to honor activist and folk singer Anne Feeny during a night filled with music and appreciation for her life's work.