Today in labor history: 1871 Great Fire ravages Chicago

It burned for three days, killing 200-300 people, destroying 17,450 buildings, leaving 100,000 homeless and causing damages worth an estimated $200 million in 1871 dollars.


Today in labor history: President Truman busts oil workers strike

President Harry Truman ordered the U.S. Navy to seize oil refineries involved in a strike that stretched from coast to coast.


Today in history: Thurgood Marshall sworn into Supreme Court

Thurgood Marshall was sworn in as Supreme Court justice, making him the first African American in history to hold that position.

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