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    Today is Friday, Oct. 9, the 283rd day of 2020. There are 83 days left in the year.

    On Oct. 9, 1936, the first generator at Boulder (later Hoover) Dam began transmitting electricity to Los Angeles.

    In 2001, Letters postmarked in Trenton, N.J., were sent to Sens. Tom Daschle and Patrick Leahy; the letters later tested positive for anthrax.

    In 2016, During a bitter debate in St. Louis, Hillary Clinton declared that Donald Trump’s vulgar comments about women revealed “exactly who he is” and proved his unsuitability to be president; firing back, Trump accused Clinton of attacking women involved in Bill Clinton’s extramarital affairs and promised she would “be in jail” if he were president.
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    1888 – United Hebrew Trades is organized in New York by shirt maker Morris Hillquit and others. Hillquit would later become leader of the Socialist Party.

    1997 – Retail stock brokerage Smith Barney reaches a tentative sexual harassment settlement with a group of female employees. The suit charged, among other things, that branch managers asked female workers to remove their tops in exchange for money and one office featured a “boom boom room” where women workers were encouraged to “entertain clients.” The settlement was never finalized: a U.S. District Court judge refused to approve the deal because it failed to adequately redress the plaintiff’s grievances.

    2003 – An estimated 3,300 sanitation workers working for private haulers in Chicago win a nine-day strike featuring a 28 percent wage increase over five years.
    Thought for today. "All political parties eventually die, choking on their own lies." - Mark Twain

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    Today is Saturday, Oct. 10, the 284th day of 2020. There are 82 days left in the year.

    In 1962, President John F. Kennedy, responding to the Thalidomide birth defects crisis, signed an amendment to the Federal Food, Drug and Cosmetic Act requiring pharmaceutical companies to prove that their products were safe and effective prior to marketing.

    In 1997, the International Campaign to Ban Landmines and its coordinator, Jody Williams, were named winners of the Nobel Peace Prize.

    One year ago: Florida businessmen Lev Parnas and Igor Fruman, who had key roles in the efforts by Trump lawyer Rudy Giuliani to launch a Ukrainian corruption investigation against the Bidens, were charged with federal campaign finance violations related to a $325,000 donation to a group supporting Trump’s reelection; prosecutors said they’d been arrested while trying to board an international flight outside Washington with one-way tickets. (They have pleaded not guilty.)
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    1933 – Six days into a cotton field strike by 18,000 Mexican and Mexican-American workers in Pixley, Calif., four strikers are killed and six wounded; eight growers were indicted and charged with murder.
    Thought for today. "The power of choosing good and evil is within the reach of all." - Origen

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    Today is Sunday, Oct. 11, the 285th day of 2020. There are 81 days left in the year.

    On Oct. 11, 1991, testifying before the Senate Judiciary Committee, Anita Hill accused Supreme Court nominee Clarence Thomas of sexually harassing her; Thomas re-appeared before the panel to denounce the proceedings as a “high-tech lynching.”

    In 2002, former President Jimmy Carter was named the recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize.

    Ten years ago: Peter Diamond, Dale Mortensen and Christopher Pissarides won the Nobel Prize in economics for their work in explaining why unemployment can remain high despite large numbers of job openings.
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    1873 – The Miners’ National Association is formed in Youngstown, Ohio, with the goal of uniting all miners, regardless of skill or ethnic background.

    1948 – Nearly 1,500 plantation workers strike Olaa Sugar, on Hawaii’s Big Island.
    Thought for today. “One does not establish a dictatorship in order to safeguard a revolution; one makes the revolution in order to establish the dictatorship.” ― George Orwell, 1984

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    Today is Monday, Oct. 12, the 286th day of 2020. There are 80 days left in the year.

    In 1942, Attorney General Francis Biddle announced during a Columbus Day celebration at Carnegie Hall in New York that Italian nationals in the United States would no longer be considered enemy aliens.

    In 1973, President Richard Nixon nominated House minority leader Gerald R. Ford of Michigan to succeed Spiro T. Agnew as vice president.

    In 2000, 17 sailors were killed in a suicide bomb attack on the destroyer USS Cole in Yemen.
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    1902 – Fourteen miners killed, 22 wounded at Pana, Ill.

    1933 – Some 2,000 workers demanding union recognition close down dress manufacturing, Los Angeles.

    1976 – More than one million Canadian workers demonstrate against wage controls.
    Thought for today. “I keep my ideals, because in spite of everything I still believe that people are really good at heart.” - Anne Frank

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    Today is Tuesday, Oct. 13, the 287th day of 2020. There are 79 days left in the year.

    In 1792, the cornerstone of the executive mansion, later known as the White House, was laid by President George Washington during a ceremony in the District of Columbia.

    In 1932, President Herbert Hoover and Chief Justice Charles Evans Hughes laid the cornerstone for the U.S. Supreme Court building in Washington.

    In 1999, the Senate rejected the Comprehensive Nuclear Test Ban Treaty, with 48 senators voting in favor and 51 against, far short of the 67 needed for ratification.
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    1934 – American Federation of Labor votes to boycott all German-made products as a protest against Nazi antagonism to Organized Labor within Germany.

    1985 – More than 1,100 office workers strike Columbia University in New York City. The mostly female and minority workers win union recognition and pay increases.

    2000 – Hundreds of San Jose Mercury News newspaper carriers end a four-day walkout with a victory.
    Thought for today. "No legacy is so rich as honesty." - William Shakespeare

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    Today is Wednesday, Oct. 14, the 288th day of 2020. There are 78 days left in the year.

    In 1947, U.S. Air Force Capt. Charles E. (“Chuck”) Yeager (YAY’-gur) became the first test pilot to break the sound barrier as he flew the experimental Bell XS-1 (later X-1) rocket plane over Muroc Dry Lake in California.

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

    In 1968, the first successful live telecast from a manned U.S. spacecraft was transmitted from Apollo 7.
    Today in labor history.

    2013 – Formal construction began today on what is expected to be a five-year, $3.9 billion replacement for the Tappan Zee Bridge over the Hudson River. It’s estimated the project would be employing 8,000 building trades workers over the span of the job.
    ( The new replacement bridge is finished and open. Work is complete on bike and walking paths.)
    Thought for today. "We're not going to have the America that we want until we elect leaders who are going to tell the truth - not most days, but every day." - Ann Richards

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    Today is Thursday, Oct. 15, the 289th day of 2020. There are 77 days left in the year.

    In 1917, Dutch exotic dancer Mata Hari (Margaretha ZelleGeertruida MacLeod), 41, convicted by a French military court of spying for the Germans, was executed by a firing squad outside Paris. (Maintaining her innocence to the end, Mata Hari refused a blindfold and blew a kiss to her executioners.)

    In 1969, peace demonstrators staged activities across the country as part of a “moratorium” against the Vietnam War.

    Ten years ago: Workers hugged, cheered and set off fireworks as a huge drill broke through a last stretch of rock deep in the Swiss Alps for construction of the 35.4-mile Gotthard Base Tunnel; the railway tunnel would go into operation in 2016.
    Today in labor history.

    1914 – President Woodrow Wilson signs the Clayton Antitrust Act — often referred to as “Labor’s Magna Carta” — establishing that unions are not “conspiracies” under the law. It for the first time freed unions to strike, picket and boycott employers. In the years that followed, however, numerous state measures and negative court interpretations weakened the law.
    Thought for today. "A small body of determined spirits fired by an unquenchable faith in their mission can alter the course of history." - Mahatma Gandhi

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    Today is Friday, Oct. 16, the 290th day of 2020. There are 76 days left in the year.

    In 1901, Booker T. Washington dined at the White House as the guest of President Theodore Roosevelt, whose invitation to the Black educator sparked controversy.

    In 1962, the Cuban missile crisis began as President John F. Kennedy was informed that reconnaissance photographs had revealed the presence of missile bases in Cuba.

    One year ago: Bargainers for General Motors and the United Auto Workers reached a tentative contract deal to end a monthlong strike that brought the company’s U.S. factories to a standstill. (Workers voted to approve the contract the following week.)
    Today in labor history.

    1793 – Queen Marie Antoinette, wife of Louis XVI, is beheaded during the French Revolution. When alerted that the peasants were suffering due to widespread bread shortages, lore has it that she replied, “Let them eat cake.” In fact she never said that, but workers were, justifiably, ready to believe anything bad about their cold-hearted royalty.

    1859 – Abolitionist John Brown leads 18 men, including five free Blacks, in an attack on the Harper’s Ferry ammunition depot, the beginning of guerrilla warfare against slavery.
    Thought for today. "So long as we have enough people in this country willing to fight for their rights, we'll be called a democracy." - Roger Nash Baldwin

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    Today is Saturday, Oct. 17, the 291st day of 2020. There are 75 days left in the year.

    In 1931, mobster Al Capone was convicted in Chicago of income tax evasion. (Sentenced to 11 years in prison, Capone was released in 1939.)

    In 1979, Mother Teresa of India was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize.

    Five years ago: The final US Airways flight landed in Philadelphia, completing the last leg of its roundtrip journey. (The US Airways brand disappeared as the result of a merger with American Airlines.)
    Today in labor history.

    1939 – Labor activist Warren Billings is released from California’s Folsom Prison. Along with Thomas J. Mooney, Billings had been pardoned for a 1916 conviction stemming from a bomb explosion during a San Francisco Preparedness Day parade. He had always maintained his innocence.

    1950 – “Salt of the Earth” strike begins by the mostly Mexican-American members of Mine, Mill and Smelter Workers Union Local 890 in Bayard, N.M. Strikers’ wives walked picket lines for seven months when their husbands were enjoined during the 14-month strike against the New Jersey Zinc Co. A great movie, see it!

    1966 – Twelve New York City fire fighters die fighting a blaze in midtown Manhattan.
    Thought for today. "Faith gives you an inner strength and a sense of balance and perspective in life." - Gregory Peck

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    Today is Sunday, Oct. 18, the 292nd day of 2020. There are 74 days left in the year.

    In 1898, the American flag was raised in Puerto Rico shortly before Spain formally relinquished control of the island to the U-S.

    In 1972, Congress passed the Clean Water Act, overriding President Richard Nixon’s veto.

    Ten years ago: Four men snared in an FBI sting were convicted of plotting to blow up New York City synagogues and shoot down military planes with the help of a paid informant who’d convinced them he was a terror operative. (Defendants James Cromitie, David Williams, Onta Williams and Laguerre Payen were each sentenced to 25 years in prison.)
    Today in labor history.

    1939 – Some 58,000 Chrysler Corp. workers strike for wage increases.

    1943 – The United Packinghouse Workers of America (UPWA) was formed as a self-governing union, an outgrowth of the CIO’s Packinghouse Workers Organizing Committee. UPWA merged with the Meatcutters union in 1968, which merged with the Retail Clerks in 1979 to form the United Food and Commercial Workers (UFCW).

    1983 – GM agrees to hire more women and minorities for five years as part of a settlement with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission.
    Thought for today. "In seeking truth you have to get both sides of a story." - Walter Cronkite

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