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    Today is Sunday, May 2, the 122nd day of 2021. There are 243 days left in the year.

    In 1927, the U.S. Supreme Court, in Buck v. Bell, upheld 8-1 a Virginia law allowing the forced sterilization of people to promote the “health of the patient and the welfare of society.”

    In 2005, Pfc. Lynndie England, the young woman pictured in some of the most notorious Abu Ghraib photos, pleaded guilty at Fort Hood, Texas, to mistreating prisoners.

    Ten years ago: Osama bin Laden was killed by elite American forces at his Pakistan compound, then quickly buried.
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    1930 – President Herbert Hoover declares that the stock market crash six months earlier was just a “temporary setback” and the economy would soon bounce back. In fact, the Great Depression was to continue and worsen for several more years.

    1933 – German police units occupied all trade unions headquarters in the country, arresting union officials and leaders. Their treasuries were confiscated, and the unions abolished. Hitler announced that the German Labour Front, headed by his appointee, would replace all unions and look after the working class.

    1972 – A fire at the Sunshine silver mine in Kellogg, Idaho, caused the death of 91 workers who died from carbon monoxide poisoning, likely caused by toxic fumes emitted by burning polyurethane foam, used as a fire retardant.
    Thought for today. "For every minute you remain angry, you give up sixty seconds of peace of mind." - Ralph Waldo Emerson

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    Today is Monday, May 3, the 123rd day of 2021. There are 242 days left in the year.

    In 1984, Michael Dell founded Dell Computer Corp. while a student at the University of Texas in Austin.

    In 2007, Britain’s Queen Elizabeth II arrived in Virginia for the commemoration of Jamestown’s 400th anniversary.

    One year ago: In a televised town hall, President Donald Trump increased his projection for the total U.S. coronavirus death toll to as many as 100,000, but insisted that states could gradually lift lockdowns and still protect people from the pandemic.
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    1886 – Four striking workers are killed, at least 200 wounded, when police attack a demonstration on Chicago’s south side at the McCormick Harvesting Machine plant. The Haymarket Massacre is to take place the following day.
    Thought for today. “Time is precious, but truth is more precious than time.” ― Benjamin Disraeli

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    Today is Tuesday, May 4, the 124th day of 2021. There are 241 days left in the year.

    In 1932, mobster Al Capone, convicted of income-tax evasion, entered the federal penitentiary in Atlanta.

    In 1968, the Oroville Dam in Northern California was dedicated by Gov. Ronald Reagan; the 770-foot-tall earth-filled structure, a pet project of Reagan’s predecessor, Pat Brown, remains the tallest dam in the United States, but was also the scene of a near disaster in February 2017 when two spillways collapsed, threatening for a time to flood parts of three counties in the Sierra Nevada foothills.

    In 1970, Ohio National Guardsmen opened fire during an anti-war protest at Kent State University, killing four students and wounding nine others.
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    1886 – Haymarket Massacre. A bomb is thrown as Chicago police start to break up a rally for strikers at the McCormick Harvesting Machine Co. A riot erupts, 11 police and strikers die, mostly from gunfire, and scores more are injured.
    Thought for today. “The demagogue is one who preaches doctrines he knows to be untrue to men he knows to be idiots.” ― H.L. Mencken

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    Today is Wednesday, May 5, the 125th day of 2021. There are 240 days left in the year.

    In 1961, astronaut Alan B. Shepard Jr. became America’s first space traveler as he made a 15-minute suborbital flight aboard Mercury capsule Freedom 7.

    In 2009, Texas health officials confirmed the first death of a U.S. resident with swine flu.

    One year ago: Facebook said it had removed several accounts and pages linked to QAnon, taking action for the first time against the far-right conspiracy theory circulated among Trump supporters.
    Today in labor history.

    1931 – Heavily armed deputies and other mine owner hirelings attack striking miners in Harlan County, Ky., starting the Battle of Harlan County.

    1934 – John J. Sweeney, president of the Service Employees Int’l Union from 1980 to 1995, then president of the AFL-CIO from 1995 to 2009, born in the Bronx, N.Y.

    1937 – Lumber strike begins in Pacific Northwest. It will involve 40,000 workers by the time victory is achieved after 13 weeks with union recognition, a 50-cent-per-hour minimum wage and an eight-hour day.

    2018 – Capping several weeks of teacher unrest across the country, public educators in Arizona win raises of 10 to 20 percent following a week-long strike; Oklahoma teachers shortly before that struck for nine days and won roughly $6,000 in annual increases, while the teachers who started it all, in West Virginia, won a five percent raise after their nearly two-week walkout.
    Thought for today. "Hypocrites do the devil's drudgery in Christ's livery." - MATTHEW HENRY

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    Today is Thursday, May 6, the 126th day of 2021. There are 239 days left in the year.

    In 1937, the hydrogen-filled German airship Hindenburg caught fire and crashed while attempting to dock at Lakehurst, New Jersey; 35 of the 97 people on board were killed along with a crewman on the ground.

    In 1942, during World War II, some 15,000 American and Filipino troops on Corregidor island surrendered to Japanese forces.

    In 2004, President George W. Bush apologized for the abuse of Iraqi prisoners by American soldiers, calling it “a stain on our country’s honor”; he rejected calls for Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld’s resignation.
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    1935 – Works Progress Administration (WPA) established at a cost of $4.8 billion — more than $80 billion in 2015 dollars — to provide work opportunities for millions during the Great Depression.

    1937 – Four hundred Black women working as tobacco stemmers walk off the job in a spontaneous revolt against poor working conditions and a $3 weekly wage at the Vaughan Co. in Richmond, Va.
    Thought for today. “You ask me what forces me to speak? A strange thing; my conscience.” ― Victor Hugo

    https://wtop.com/back-in-the-day/202...n-history-233/

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    Quote Originally Posted by fxstc07 View Post
    Thought for today. “You ask me what forces me to speak? A strange thing; my conscience.” ― Victor Hugo
    That's not what we ask...

    We ask... what forces you not to answer any questions asked of you on this forum because it sure as hell isn't your conscience!!!

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    Today is Friday, May 7, the 127th day of 2021. There are 238 days left in the year.

    In 1928, the minimum voting age for British women was lowered from 30 to 21 — the same age as men.

    In 1975, President Gerald R. Ford formally declared an end to the “Vietnam era.” In Ho Chi Minh City — formerly Saigon — the Viet Cong celebrated its takeover.

    One year ago: A study in the New England Journal of Medicine found no evidence of benefit from a malaria drug that was promoted as a treatment for the coronavirus.
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    1867 – The Knights of St. Crispin union is formed at a secret meeting in Milwaukee. It grew to 50,000 members before being crushed by employers later that year.

    1907 – Two die, 20 are injured in “Bloody Tuesday” as strikebreakers attempt to run San Francisco streetcars during a strike by operators. The strike was declared lost in 1908 after many more deaths, including several in scab-operated streetcar accidents.

    1977 – Philadelphia’s longest transit strike ends after 44 days. A key issue in the fight was the hiring and use of part-timers.
    Thought for today. “People who use snark attacks confuse cleverness with cruelty.” ― Debra Crown

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    Today is Saturday, May 8, the 128th day of 2021. There are 237 days left in the year.

    In 1945, President Harry S. Truman announced on radio that Nazi Germany’s forces had surrendered, and that “the flags of freedom fly all over Europe.”

    In 1996, South Africa took another step from apartheid to democracy by adopting a constitution that guaranteed equal rights for Blacks and whites.

    Five years ago: London’s newly elected Muslim mayor, Sadiq Khan, paid respect to the millions of Jews slain in the Holocaust as his first public engagement in office, and received a hero’s welcome from London’s Jewish community at the end.
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    1970 – About 200 construction workers in New York City attack a crowd of Vietnam war protesters four days after the Kent State killings. More than 70 people were injured, including four police officers. Peter Brennan, head of the New York building trades, was honored at the Nixon White House two weeks later and eventually named Secretary of Labor.

    1997 – Some 12,000 Steelworker-represented workers at Goodyear Tire & Rubber win an 18-day strike for improved wages and job security.
    Thought for today. “A mind that is stretched by a new experience can never go back to its old dimensions.” — Oliver Wendell Holmes

    https://wtop.com/back-in-the-day/202...n-history-194/

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    Today is Sunday, May 9, the 129th day of 2021. There are 236 days left in the year.

    This is Mother’s Day.

    In 1914, President Woodrow Wilson, acting on a joint congressional resolution, signed a proclamation designating the second Sunday in May as Mother’s Day.

    In 1962, scientists at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology succeeded in reflecting a laser beam off the surface of the moon.

    In 2019, Pope Francis issued a groundbreaking new church law requiring all Catholic priests and nuns to report clergy sexual abuse and cover-ups by their superiors to church authorities.
    Today in labor history.

    1907 – Legendary Western Federation of Miners leader William “Big Bill” Haywood goes on trial for murder in the bombing death of former Idaho governor Frank Steunenberg, who had brutally suppressed the state’s miners. Haywood ultimately was declared innocent.

    1937 – Hollywood studio mogul Louis B. Mayer recognizes the Screen Actors Guild. SAG leaders reportedly were bluffing when they told Mayer that 99 percent of all actors would walk out the next morning unless he dealt with the union. Some 5,000 actors attended a victory gathering the following day at Hollywood Legion Stadium; a day later, SAG membership increased 400 percent.

    1971 – United Auto Workers President Walter Reuther and his wife May die in a plane crash as they travel to oversee construction of the union’s education and training facility at Black Lake, Mich.

    1972 – Four thousand garment workers, mostly Hispanic, strike for union recognition at the Farah Manufacturing Co. in El Paso, Texas.
    Thought for today. “Nothing in life is to be feared, it is only to be understood. Now is the time to understand more, so that we may fear less.” ― Marie Curie

    https://wtop.com/back-in-the-day/202...n-history-228/

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