Saturday, December 02, 2023

Today in Labor History December 2nd, 2023


A Chicago "slugger," paid $50 by labor unions for every scab he "discouraged," described his job in an interview: "Oh, there ain't nothing to it. I gets my fifty, then I goes out and finds the guy they wanna have slugged, then I gives it to ‘im" - 1911
The U.S. Senate votes 65-22 to condemn Sen. Joseph McCarthy (R-Wisc.) for “conduct that tends to bring the Senate into dishonor and disrepute.” McCarthy was a rabid anti-Communist who falsely accused thousands of Americans, mostly people who supported labor, civil rights and other progressive causes, of being traitors - 1954
(A People’s History of the United States: 1492-Present: McCarthy’s attack on progressive citizens is just one of many eye-openers revealed in Zinn’s book. If your last serious read of American history was in high school—or even in a standard college course—you’ll want to read this amazing account of America as seen through the eyes of its working people, women and minorities.)
Court documents filed in Boston say Walmart Stores Inc. has agreed to pay $40 million to 87,500 Massachusetts employees who claimed the retailer denied them rest and meal breaks, manipulated time cards and refused to pay overtime - 2009

Important Events From This day in History December 2


1969 U.S.A. - - Boeing 747

The Boeing 747 ( Often Known as Jumbo Jet ) a long-haul, wide body commercial airliner receives its FAA airworthiness certificate paving the way for its introduction into commercial service in 1970.

1942 U.S.A. - - First Nuclear Demonstration

A self sustaining nuclear chain reaction was demonstrated for the first time at a racquet court below the bleachers of Stagg Field at the University of Chicago.

1939 U.S.A. - - LaGuardia Airport

New York's LaGuardia Airport (dedicated as New York Municipal Airport) located on the waterfront of Flushing Bay is opened and from the beginning proved popular with major US Airlines including Pan American Airways, American. United, Eastern Air Lines and Transcontinental & Western Air.

1907 Canada - - Immigrant Workers

Toronto faced a throng of immigrant workers who faced poverty and starvation unless employment could be found for them. The worst off were 300 people from Bulgaria who were in danger of perishing in a matter of days. Advertisements had brought a large group of immigrants over from Europe to work on railways and in construction, but they were laid off until spring.

1927 Hawaii - - Sacred Stone Pilgrimage

Near Honolulu the faithful have been making pilgrimages to a sacred stone called the Wahiawa, which natives claim has healing powers. The site has attracted crowds of sick people and on the previous Sunday 1,200 visitors came to the site. Twenty miles out of Honolulu, the holy monolith is devotedly hung with garlands and it is rumored that bad luck follows those who scoff.

1930 U.S.A. - - Unemployment

President Herbert Hoover goes before Congress to make a plea for a $150 million public works program to work on various construction projects and help to put America back to work.

1932 Germany - - Economy

Germany's economy had not rallied despite the government's cut backs and 20 million Germans were at the point of starvation. Begging was common place, there was nation-wide unemployment, and industries were failing.

1943 U.S.A. - - Food Rationing

In early 1943 rationing of food was to take place starting with meat and then including canned foods. Each household was limited to 48 points in a ration book. Rationing had been in effect in England for a year before it took place in America.

1947 Palestine - - Jerusalem Riots

Following the vote by the United nations to create two states, one Jewish and one Arab in Palestine (1947 UN Partition Plan), riots break out in Jerusalem when the Arab Higher Committee declare a three-day strike and public protest against the United nations ruling.

1954 U.S.A. - - Sen. Joseph R. McCarthy

The US Senate votes to condemn Sen. Joseph R. McCarthy, R Wis., for "conduct that tends to bring the Senate into dishonor and disrepute."

1954 Cuba - - Cuban Revolution

The yacht Granma arrives on the shores of Cuba after travelling from Mexico where Fidel Castro, Che Guevara and 80 other members of the Cuban Revolution movement disembark to begin the Cuban Revolution.

1957 Japan - - US Restrictions On Imports

Aiichiro Fujiyama, foreign minister of Japan, strenuously protested American restrictions on Japanese exports to the United States. He asserted that Japan was the biggest importer of American goods and limiting Japan's exports was "a matter of life or death" for his country.

1959 France - - Dam Collapses

The Malpasset Dam in France collapses resulting in a flood that devastates Frejus and leaves over 400 dead.

1961 Cuba - - Fidel Castro

On a national radio broadcast in Cuba Fidel Castro declares that he was a Marxist-Leninist and that Cuba was to adopt Communism.

1964 U.S.A. - - Student Protesters

Students storm the administration building (Sproul Hall) on the campus of the University of California, Berkeley which protesters took over in a massive sit-in as part of the Free Speech Movement (FSM).

1967 U.K. - - Foot and Mouth

The rate of slaughter for animals affected by the Foot and mouth disease continues to increase with 134,000 animals slaughtered in the latest epidemic of foot-and-mouth disease.

1967 Egypt - - Israeli Planes Shot Down

Egyptian anti-aircraft armaments shot down two Israeli planes near Suez City. This was the first skirmish between Egypt and Israel since Israel demolished Egypt's oil refineries.

1970 U.S.A. - - Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) proposed by President Richard Nixon to protect human health and with safeguarding the natural environment: air, water, and land begins operation. Among other things they do are to provide and monitor the EPA fuel economy test manufacturers use to advertise the gas mileage of their vehicles.

1971 United Arab Emirates - - UAE Formed

The United Arab Emirates (UAE) is formed as a federation from the seven emirates of Abu Dhabi, Ajman, Dubai, Fujairah, Ras al-Khaimah, Sharjah, and Umm al-Quwain becoming one united country, which has evolved into a modern, high-income nation.

1974 England - - Birmingham Pub Bombing

Suspected IRA Terrorists plant bombs in two central Birmingham pubs, killing 19 people and injuring over 180.

1976 Cuba - - Fidel Castro

Fidel Castro becomes the President of Cuba who is the chief executive of the Council of State of Cuba.

1979 Pakistan - - US Embassy

A mob in the Pakistani capital, Islamabad, has burned the US Embassy to the ground, killing a US marine.

1982 U.S.A. - - First Artificial Heart

Doctors at the University of Utah Medical Center performed the first implant of a permanent artificial heart in Barney Clark the artificial heart used was designed by Robert Jarvik The Jarvik-7. Barney Clark lived 112 days with the device.

1985 Switzerland - - US / USSR Meeting

After a meeting in Geneva, Switzerland United States President Ronald Reagan and Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev end of their two-day meeting in Switzerland announcing the Geneva Accord, which commits the two countries to speeding up arms talks, working towards the abolition of chemical weapons and a new commitment to human rights.

1988 Soviet Union - - School Bus Hijack

A bus full of school children and teachers was hijacked in southern Russia. The two armed men demanded to have an airplane at their disposal. It wasn't clear what the men were armed with, however, to protect the children Russian officials gave them an Ilyushin-76 to fly to Israel in.

Friday, December 01, 2023

Rest in Peace David Moore

Dave Moore, that worked in the Los Angeles Times Orange County mail room in the 80’s, passed away today at 65.

Friday Morning in the Blogosphere


Meet the nonprofit newsrooms hiring editorial cartoonists - Nieman Lab

Four additional bipartisan co-sponsors announced for Community News Act - America's Newspapers

Today in Labor History December 1st, 2023


Rosa Parks 

The Brotherhood of Locomotive Firemen was founded in Port Jervis, NY. Its original purpose was to provide mutual support and insurance, but shortly branched out into labor relations - 1873

At the beginning of what would become the deadliest month in US coal mining history, the Naomi Mine, Fayette City, PA, was the scene of an explosion, killing 43 miners of mostly Hungarian descent. 27 of them are buried in the Mt Auburn Cemetery near Fayette City.

"The cause of the gas being present was an open door. The explosion was caused by an open light or an electric spark from the wires. The system of ventilation was faulty, having too many doors. They commenced to sink a shaft, but very little progress had been made." - from

" Open lamps were used in the mine and the supposition is that a miner walked into a body of gas that had come by a cut through from an abandoned working and which had accumulated in such force that a fearful explosion followed." - from

The Ford Motor Co. introduced the continuous moving assembly line which could produce a complete car every two-and-a-half minutes - 1913

Kellogg cereal adopts 6-hour day - 1930

African American Rosa Parks refuses to go to the back of a Montgomery, Ala. bus, fueling the growing civil rights movement's campaign to win desegregation and end the deep South's "Jim Crow" laws - 1955

United Garment Workers of America merge with United Food & Commercial Workers International Union - 1994

Metal Polishers, Buffers, Platers & Allied Workers International Union & United Rubber, Cork, Linoleum & Plastics Workers of America merge with International Brotherhood of Boilermakers, Iron Ship Builders, Blacksmiths, Forgers & Helpers - 1996

Important Events From This day in History December 1


1942 UK - - Care from the cradle to the grave

The British Coalition Government accepts The Beveridge report which propose a series of changes designed to provide plans for a welfare state offering care to all from the cradle to the grave. Find More What happened in 1942.

1955 United States - - Rosa Parks

Rosa Parks sets off a bus boycott in Montgomery, Alabama when she refuses to give up her seat in the "colored" section of a bus to make room for a white passenger. Led by Martin Luther King, Jr., the boycott lasted for over a year and resulted in the desegregation of the buses. This is often thought of as the event that started the Civil Rights Movement nationwide.

1901 Afghanistan - Claims By England and Russia

Both England and Russia have laid claim to parts of Afghanistan and have been in constant conflict over it. However, a new ruler in Afghanistan may bring stability to the region. Unlike his unpopular father who created hardships for his people, his son, the new leader, planned to pay the military more and to reduce taxes.

1973 Papua New Guinea - - Independence

Papua New Guinea gains independence from Australia.

1974 United States - - Plane Crash

TWA Flight 514 crashes into Mount Weather, Virginia while making it's landing approach to Washington Dulles International airport killing all passengers and crew.

1977 Libya - - Protesters

In Libya protesters lined the streets enraged at Egyptian leader Anwar Sadat's visit and proposal to have peace with Israel. JANA a major news source in Libya declared that its goal was to be, "embodying the will of the Arab nation to fight all imperialist and Zionist conspiracies and to frustrate the surrender and deceit settlement."

1987 Spain - - High Tech Factory

King Juan Carlos and Spain have gone high-tech. North of Madrid a $220 million microchip plant has been built. The factory is expected to produce 20 million microchips by 1991 and has 300 technicians.

1988 Pakistan - - Benazir Bhutto

Benazir Bhutto the leader of the Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) is chosen and sworn in the next day as Prime Minister of Pakistan of the new coalition government.

1990 Britain / France - - Tunnel links UK to Europe

Construction workers drill through the final wall of rock to join the two halves of the Channel Tunnel and link Britain to France.

1991 Ukraine - - Independence

Voters in the Ukraine vote for independence from the Soviet Union.

1997 Iraq - - U.N. Sanctions

Although Iraq wanted the complete lifting of U.N. sanctions, it finally agreed to participate in an oil- for- food proposal. This would allow Iraq to export $2 billion worth of its oil to purchase food and medicine.

1997 U.S.A. - - Shooting

Three students were victims of a shooting on this date, and they all died. Five others were severely injured during this outrage. This terrible crime took place at Heath High School in Paducah, Kentucky.

1998 U.S.A. - - Exxon buys Mobil

Exxon buys Mobil for $73.7 billion creating the worlds largest oil company Exxon-Mobil.

1999 World - - Mapping of Human Chromosome

An international consortium of sequencing centers and collaborators from the chromosome 22 genetics community released into the public domain the genetic code of the 33.5 million bps that comprise the euchromatic portion of human chromosome 22.

Thursday, November 30, 2023




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Today in Labor History November 30th, 2023


"Fighting Mary” Eliza McDowell

“Fighting Mary” Eliza McDowell, also known as the “Angel of the Stockyards,” born in Chicago. As a social worker she helped organize the first women’s local of the Amalgamated Meat Cutters Union in 1902 - 1854

Mother Jones died at the Burgess Farm in Adelphi, Md.; “I’m not a lady, I’m a hell-raiser!” - 1930

(The Autobiography of Mother Jones: Mary Harris Jones—“Mother Jones”—was the most dynamic woman ever to grace the American labor movement. Employers and politicians around the turn of the century called her “the most dangerous woman in America” and rebellious working men and women loved her as they never loved anyone else.
     She was an absolutely fearless and tireless advocate for working people, especially coal miners. A founding member of the Industrial Workers of the World—the Wobblies—she feared neither soldiers’ guns nor the ruling class’s jails. Here, in her own words, is her story of organizing in steel, railroading, textiles and mining; her crusade against child labor; her fight to organize women; even her involvement in the Mexican revolution.)

More than 12,000 members of the Insurance Agents Union strike in 35 states and Washington, D.C., against the Prudential Insurance Co. - 1951
Unionists and activists shut down World Trade Organization meeting, Seattle, Wash. - 1999

Important Events From This day in History November 30


1936 Great Britain -- Crystal Palace Fire

1936 : Crystal Palace which had been built for the Great Exhibition of 1851 is destroyed by fire. The Crystal Palace also featured the first public conveniences in use in England / Monkey Closets and during the exhibition 827,280 visitors paid one penny each to use them which is where the British saying "to spend a penny" comes from.

More about the Crystal Palace

1979 UK -- Pink Floyd release "The Wall"

Pink Floyd release the 4th in their series of multi award winning concept albums "The Wall" which is later made into a movie. The Wall featured the most popular single ever released by Pink Floyd "Another Brick in the Wall" which became a number one hit throughout the world.

1950 U.S.A. -- Korea

1950 : President Harry S. Truman announces during a press conference that he is prepared to authorize the use of atomic weapons in order to achieve peace in Korea.

1925 U.S.A. -- Illegal Liquor Distillery

1925 : Federal Prohibition Officer Gus J. Simmons, Captain J. R. Brockus, and C.M. Arbogast were all on trial for murder. The officers claimed that the man was murdered while resisting arrest for operating an illegal liquor distillery.

1934 Great Britain -- Flying Scotsman Land speed record for railed vehicles

The Flying Scotsman becomes the first steam locomotive to be officially recorded at 100 mph, to put this in perspective 100 years earlier in 1930 Stephenson's Rocket got to 30 MPH and in 2007 A French TGV recorded 357 MPH.

1939 Finland -- Soviet Union Attacks

1939 : Following it's attack on Poland Russia attacks Finland with 540,000 men, 2485 tanks, and 2000 guns. Finnish troops led by Field Marshall Gustaf Mannerheim over the next two weeks, resisted the invasion using forest combat to inflict heavy damage on the Russian invaders, But by March the following year due to the sheer volume of Russian Invaders the "Peace of Moscow" treaty was signed, and Finland ceded 16,000-square miles of land to the Soviet Union.

1954 U.S.A. -- Meteorite

1954 : An Alabama woman Mrs. Hulett Hodges became the first known person today to be struck by a meteorite. The meteorite six or eight inches in diameter, fell through her roof leaving a three-foot hole. She was only slightly injured, the United States Air Force flew to the Hodge's Alabama home and took the nine-pound object back to Washington. The Hodges demanded that the rock be returned to them so their family could keep it as a souvenir.

1960 Argentina -- Riots

Members of the right-wing political group protested in cities such as Rosario, near Buenos Aires. Other riots broke out near two oil towns in Northern Argentina.

1966 Barbados -- Independence

Barbados gains it's independence from that of a self-governing colony to full independence from the United Kingdom.

1972 Italy -- Fireworks Factory Explodes

1972 : An illegal fireworks factory being run in an eight floor apartment building, exploded in Rome with 15 killed and 100 injured in the blast.

1973 Cambodia -- Khmer Rouge Guerrillas

Khmer Rouge Guerrillas backed by the Cambodian government moved swiftly. First they attacked in Vihear Suar where they were stationed before they advanced 12 miles east to Phnom Penh. Within a few days hundreds of troops of civilians were dead or missing.

1983 Israel -- Lebanon

The bond between Israel and America has been strengthened as they joined forces. These two countries stood fast in Lebanon, making the statement to Syria of their desire to block Soviet Troops.

1989 U.S.A. -- Aileen Wuornos

1989 : Aileen Wuornos murders her first victim Richard Mallory, over the next 12 months she murders 7 more men in Florida. She was arrested on 9th January, 1991 and her live in partner agreed to get a confession from Wuornos in exchange for prosecutorial immunity. Aileen Wuornos was found guilty of 6 murders and received six death sentences and was executed via lethal injection on October 9, 2002

1990 New Zealand -- Hilary Morgan

Hilary Morgan, later known as Ellen Morgan, was put in the care of her mother legally, and not in the care of Eric A. Foretich who was Ellen’s birth father. Elizabeth Morgan was put in prison for three years (1987-1989) because she would not tell the court where Hilary (Ellen) was. The reason why the mother did not want to tell of the child’s whereabouts is she believed that Hilary had been sexually abused by the father.

1993 U.S.A. -- Brady Bill

The Brady bill requiring a five-day waiting period for handgun purchases and background checks of prospective buyers is signed into law by President Bill Clinton .

1994 Somalia -- Achille Lauro

1994 : The Italian cruise ship Achille Lauro caught fire today off Somalia with 3 people dead but most of the nearly 1,000 passengers and crew escaping in lifeboats.

1999 England -- T Bone On Sale

1999 : The ban of beef on the bone put in place during the BSE crisis is lifted and T bone steaks and rib of beef will be on sale by Christmas.

Wednesday, November 29, 2023

Today in Labor History November 29th, 2023


Clerks, teamsters and building service workers at Boston Stores in Milwaukee strike at the beginning of the Christmas rush. The strike won widespread support -- at one point 10,000 pickets jammed the sidewalks around the main store -- but ultimately was lost. Workers returned to the job in mid-January with a small pay raise and no union recognition - 1934

The SS Daniel J. Morrell, a 603-foot freighter, breaks in two during a strong storm on Lake Huron. Twenty-eight of its 29 crewmen died; survivor Dennis Hale was found the next day, near frozen and floating in a life raft with the bodies of three of his crew mates. He had survived for nearly 40 hours in frigid temperatures wearing only a pair of boxer shorts, a life jacket, and a pea coat - 1966

National Labor Relations Board rules that medical interns can unionize and negotiate wages and hours - 1999

More than 1000 workers at 'Boston Stores' in Milwaukee went on strike at the beginning of the Christmas rush. Slowly the strike built widespread support with as many as 10,000 pickets on sidewalks during one weekend gathering. Surviving the sales season however, the company outlasted the union and resolved in January - without Union recognition!

"Their vigorous picketing utterly ruined the store's Christmas trade. Its officials admitted a drop of 30 per cent in sales from the same period of last year-this at a time when other Milwaukee stores were piling up huge increases over last year." - from

"The strike is a united effort of three unions, including clerks, teamsters & building-service employees." -

Important Events From This day in History November 29


1963 U.S.A. Warren Commission

1963 : The Warren Commission led by the Chief Justice of the United States Earl Warren. is established to investigate the assassination of U.S. President John F. Kennedy. It took 10 months to complete the findings which concluded that Lee Harvey Oswald acted alone in the killing of President John F. Kennedy.

1956 England -- Petrol Rationing

As a result of the Suez crisis, oil is not getting through from the middle east and petrol rationing is to be introduced in Britain from next month, and is expected to last for four months, and will be controlled through books of coupons.

Normal car users will be allowed enough petrol for 200 miles per month while business travellers will be allowed an additional 100 miles per month. Additional petrol allowance will be allowed for farmers, doctors, midwives and disabled drivers. Almost instantly drivers queued up at local garages before the rationing came in causing even more panic buying and as a result of shortages of supply petrol increased to six shillings a gallon ( 30p ).

1803 U.S.A. -- The Louisiana Purchase

Louisiana which was much larger than just Louisiana and included all of present-day Arkansas, Missouri, Iowa, Oklahoma, Kansas, Nebraska, plus part of what are now Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota, New Mexico, Montana, Wyoming, Colorado and Louisiana. It was bought from France in 1803 for a total cost of 15 million dollars

1929 U.S.A. -- South Pole

1929 : American newspapers have announced that Commander Richard Byrd safely flew across the South Pole.

1935 France -- England / France Alliance

1935 : It was evident by this time that Great Britain had joined France in defense against Italy-given Italy were to attack. This determination included a warning sent by Premier Laval of France to the Italian Ambassador Vittoria Cerruti while he was in Paris. The warning stated that any unproved attack on France by Italy would be grounds for oil embargo. This condition was placed on Italy during the same time other agreements and negotiations were being made.

1944 France -- New York Giants

The first Baseball tour group arrived in Paris, France. They were involved in the European War Theatre. This group was made up of New York Giants Manager Mel Ott, Pittsburge Pirates Manager Bucky Walters, and Cincinnati Pitcher Dutch Leonard. Roy Stockton, the man who was sports writer for the St. Louis Post Dispatch was also present.

1947 Israel -- Creation of The State Of Israel

The United Nations votes in favor of partitioning the British controlled Palestine and to allow the creation of an Independent Jewish State of Israel. Arab countries all voted against the creation of Israel and 60 years later the area is still in turmoil.

1948 Australia -- Holden Cars

1948 : An all new Australian car is manufactured in Australia by General Motors Holden Automotive. The car is known as the Holden FX and Holden cars are still manufactured in Australia today.

1953 Indonesia -- Communist

1953 : An uprising occurred in Indonesia among the anti-Communists after Communist leader Ho Chi Minh requested an armistice negotiation. Numerous opposers of communism demanded that Indonesia end relations with France. Chi Minh’s agenda was briefly accounted for in Expressen, dated this day.

1960 U.S.A. -- Spies

Dr. Robert Soble, the brother of convicted spy Jack Soble, did not put up a fight against the FBI when arrested. These two brothers had been charged of being involved in two different Soviet spy rings. Dr. Soble was facing the possibility of the death penalty if found guilty. His brother Jack was sentenced to seven years in prison.

1963 Canada -- Plane Crash

A Trans-Canada Airlines DC8 crashes into a field, shortly after take off from Montreal's international airport killing all passengers and crew on impact ( 118 ), the crash is one of the worst air disasters in Canadian history.

1963 UK -- The Beatles "I Want to Hold Your Hand,"

The Beatles release "I Want to Hold Your Hand," which knocked the other Beatles hit ( "She Loves You" ) off the number one slot giving The Beatles the Number One and Number Two on the UK Charts

1973 Middle East -- Negotiations Go Bad

An Egyptian representative walked away from the negotiation table during peace and cease-fire talks. The plan was for Israel and Egypt to soon reach a consensus regarding the terms of cease-fire in the Suez Canal area. Effort was being made the next day to convince Egypt to return for further discussion. It took quite awhile to develop terms that both sides would agree on. In fact, delay of the signing of the Middle East Peace Plan was in part because of these failed negotiations.

1973 U.S.A. -- Chrysler Closes Plants

1973 : Chrysler joins other US car makers in closing a number of plants affecting 38,000 workers and announced it was changing the focus to manufacturing smaller more efficient cars to combat the Japanese imports. General Motors had made similar cuts 1 week before.

1983 U.S.A. -- Dog Barks To Much

A mixed-breed dog was put on trial for barking too much. Effort was made to drop the charges, and to try to keep the dog quiet. Nevertheless, the day of execution came, and the dog’s life was taken.

1991 U.S.A. -- Interstate Dust Storm Car Crashes

A dust storm on Interstate 5 causes a series of accidents involving more than 100 cars and 17 people are killed in the accidents.

2003 UK -- Northern Ireland

It was known by this date of the possibility that the Northern Ireland Assembly election would be re-run. The reason for this “do over” election was out of fear that the Democratic Unionist Party (DUP) would dominate.

2006 United States -- Leaked Iraq Memo

2006 : A leaked memo which raises doubts about how well the Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri Maliki will be able to the control the country's sectarian violence has been published in the US. The New York Times says that the memo was sent by one of George Bush's national security advisers to top US officials. It suggests that the White House take extra steps to strengthen Malaki's hand.

Tuesday, November 28, 2023

Tuesday Morning in the Blogosphere


A Powerful Tool for Fighting Corruption Is Going Extinct - NYT

Today in Labor History November 28th, 2023


 William Sylvis, founder of the National Labor Union, born - 1828

National Brotherhood of Electrical Workers, precursor to IBEW, founded - 1891
A total of 154 men die in a coal mine explosion at Marianna, Pa.  Engineer and General Superintendent A.C. Beeson tells the local newspaper he had been in the mine a few minutes before the blast and had found it to be in perfect condition - 1908
Some 400 New York City photoengravers working for the city’s newspapers, supported by 20,000 other newspaper unionists, begin what is to become an 11-day strike, shutting down the papers - 1953

Important Events From This day in History November 28


1990 England -- Maggy Thatcher Quits

1990 : Margaret Thatcher formally tenders her resignation to the Queen and leaves Downing Street for the last time.

1989 Czechoslovakia -- Free Elections

1989 : Czechoslovakian Communist Party gives up monopoly on political power allowing free elections to be held the following month. This change was in response to other eastern block countries forcing the issue in neighboring countries.

1919 Great Britain -- Lady Astor

American-born Lady Astor, the wife of Viscount Astor, won a seat in the House of Commons . She is an advocate of some form of Prohibition similar to the American model.

1922 Great Britain -- Greece

1922: The relationship between Great Britain and Greece was very strained at this time. In fact, these two countries were soon to not be on good terms if former Greek cabinet member executions were to be carried out. In fact, the six former members of the Greek cabinet were executed, because they were accused of treason.

1933 Cuba -- Civil War

An agreement was soon to be made between governmental factions battling for control in Cuba. It was believed that peace would be achieved in this country at this time.

1942 U.S.A. -- Cocoanut Grove Nightclub Fire

1942 : The Cocoanut Grove nightclub in Boston a former speakeasy New Frequently Asked Questions About Prohihition burns to the ground in the worst Night Club Fire in US history killing 492 people. The fire began when a canopy of artificial palm fronds caught fire and because of the design and number of highly flammable drapes spread quickly through the club and due to the poor design and blocked entrances many patrons could not get out. The fire did have one positive effect which was that fire regulations throughout the country were changed which banned flammable decorations and required all swinging exit doors to open outwards, the new regulations also required exit signs to be visible at all times,

1943 Iran -- Allied Leaders Meeting

1943 : US President Franklin D. Roosevelt, British Prime Minister Winston Churchill and Soviet leader Josef Stalin meet in Tehran for a three day meeting to discuss "Operation Overlord which included D Day Landings in Normandy, France for May 1944, the landings were delayed and took place on 6th June 1944" as part of the final strategy for the war against Nazi Germany and its allies. As part of the meeting a pledge was made by the three countries to recognize Iran's independence ( Britain and the USSR had invaded Iran in 1941 ).

1944 World War II -- First bomb on Tokyo

The soldier to plant the first bomb in Tokyo sent notice to his wife of this event via Associate Press (a Journalist company). The reason why AP was transmitting this notice to his wife is because there were no telephones or telegraphs to use for the time being. Not only that, air mail was expected to take over a week.

1953 Bermuda --

It was highly likely that as soon as the United States arrives in Bermuda with Britain and France that a serious request would be made. The plan was to counter and plans that the Russians would carry out to stall the European Army project.

1956 Great Britain -- Petrol Rationing

1956 : The British government has released further details of it's proposed petrol rationing to begin next month. Personal drivers will be allowed sufficient petrol for to drive 200 miles per month or about 2 gallons of petrol per week and businesses will receive and extra 4 gallons per month. As the government set out it's plans which are expected to last for 4 months the British Public began panic buying of petrol filling cars and any spare cans they could, local garages have therefore implemented their own form of petrol rationing for regular customers prior to formal rationing starting next month .

1960 Venezuela -- Rioting

Rioting broke out in several areas of the capital city of Caracas, Venezuela. One main area where demonstrators worked is in the western portion of the city in the worker’s housing district. These rioters clashed with police force.

1967 England -- Foot and Mouth

With new outbreaks of Foot and Mouth still increasing daily the National Hunt Committee, on the advice of the Ministry of Agriculture has cancelled all horse racing until further notice

1973 Middle East -- Hijacker

It’s not everyday a hijacker takes time to refuel. That is what happened on this day, however. Word had it this happened while Palestinians took hold of a Dutch Jetliner. The guerrillas grabbing hold of the plane were said to have been heading towards Egypt. This refueling took place a day after all the passengers on board the ship were released, along with eight crew members. The rest of the crew was still stuck on the plane.

1979 Antarctica -- DC-10 Crashes

1979 : An Air New Zealand DC-10 crashes into Mount Erebus, Antarctica while on a sight seeing tour, killing all 257 on board .

1983 Syria -- Palestinian Guerrillas

Leaders headed from Tripoli, Lebanon to Syria for a scheduled meeting. They were working on a plan to evacuate Palestinian guerrillas before battle conditions worsened.

1994 U.S.A. -- Jeffrey Dahmer

1994 : Serial killer Jeffrey Dahmer died of massive head injuries after he was attacked by other prisoners while cleaning a prison toilet. "Gruesome Interview Be Warned"

Monday, November 27, 2023

Monday Morning in the Blogosphere


Liberal media more negative towards AI than conservative media - India Tribune

New survey gauges profitability of local media’s digital revenue - Borrell Associates

Postal Commission grants the News/Media Alliance motion on USPS Flats Plan - Media Alliance

Today in Labor History November 27th


Some 1,200 workers sit down at Midland Steel, forcing recognition of the United Auto Workers, Detroit - 1936

The pro-labor musical revue, “Pins & Needles,” opens on Broadway with a cast of Int’l Ladies Garment Workers Union members. The show ran on Friday and Saturday nights only, because of the cast’s regular jobs. It ran for 1,108 performances before closing - 1937

Important Events From This day in History November 27


1944 World War II -- Tokyo Bombing

1944 : Once again Tokyo had been hit with B-29 bombers. Enemy camps in Thailand also had been hit as well. Numerous Japanese vessels such as a heavy cruiser, planes, and other ships were destroyed.

1924 U.S.A. -- Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade

New York City's Macy's department store held its first Thanksgiving Day parade down a two-mile stretch of Broadway from Central Park West to Herald Square .

1910 U.S.A. -- Penn Station

Penn Station opens in New York .

1925 Turkey -- Disputed Land

1925: The Turkish council of ministers refused to be involved in the compulsory arbitration by way of the League of Nations, concerning the Mosul Territory. This is a piece of land that was heavily disputed by Great Britain and Turkey.

1934 U.S.A. -- Baby Face Nelson

Baby Face Nelson wanted after shoot out with federal agents in Illinois. Melvin Purvis, head of the Chicago Bureau of the Department of Justice told his men, "Get 'Baby Face' Nelson - dead or alive."

1935 Italy -- Sanctions

Concern about Italian oil and coal embargo mounted. It was expected that "forceful resistance" would be carried out if this was the case. The League of Nations was possibly one of the organizations involved in sanctions against Italy at this time. Part of the reason for this undertaking against Italy was to "punish" this nation for invading Ethiopia. Great Britain was appealing to the League of Nations for help regarding this action.

1942 World War II -- French Fleet Scuttled

1942 : French Admiral Jean de Laborde scuttles the French fleet anchored in Toulon harbor, off the southern coast of France, in order to keep it out of German hands.

1953 Europe -- Unification

The two-week debate regarding the unification of Europe was expected to end. An assembly was planning on voting on issues such as the re-arming of West Germany. It was possible also at this time that it would be agreed upon that President Eisenhower and Prime Minister Churchill would be attending the December 4th conference. The newly-elected Premier Joseph Laniel expected to be there as well.

1961 Somalia -- Flooding

1961 : Somalia has suffered wide spread flooding after the two main rivers, the Shabelle and the Juba, broke their banks and merged in a vast flood plain. The Prime Minister of Somalia has requested help as the extent of the disaster is far beyond the resources of the Somali government and people. Britain and the United States are flying in Famine relief and medical teams to fight the malaria, typhoid, dysentery and rheumatic fever for the estimated 300,000 who are already homeless. Most of the local food crops have been destroyed, and roads and airstrips are under water, making the task of moving food and medical supplies almost impossible.

1964 Congo -- Church

1964 : At least 28 more bodies were found inside a church. Among the bodies found, it was reported that some of the lives lost were those of priests and nuns. (Possibly even most of the bodies found were clergy members or helpers.)

1967 France -- Charles de Gaulle

The French President, Charles de Gaulle, has said he will veto Britain's application to join the Common Market.

1973 U.S.A. -- Gerald R. Ford

The US Senate approved Gerald R. Ford as the nation's 40th vice president, following the resignation of Spiro T. Agnew after pleading guilty to income tax evasion.

1975 United Kingdom -- Scotland / Wales Self Rule

1975: The government of Britain decided to grant partial self-rule to both Scotland and Wales. However, Scotland was not going to allow any action to be used to undermine the unity of Britain. For instance, Scotland would not be awarded huge oil deposits, as that would cause too much disruption.

1975 United Kingdom -- Guinness Book of Records

Guinness Book of Records co-founder and editor Ross McWhirter is shot dead outside his North London home. Police believe it may have been an IRA hit as Mr. McWhirter had offered a reward of £50,000 for information leading to the arrest of IRA bombers.

1978 U.S.A. -- San Francisco Mayor George Moscone

Dan White a former employee murders San Francisco Mayor George Moscone and City Supervisor Harvey Milk when he guns them down in City Hall.

1983 Italy -- Missile Deployment

1983 : Missile shipments arrived in Italy. According to the Italian Defense Ministry, these military weapons were scheduled to be strategically placed very soon. Surprisingly to certain groups, anti-war forces had not yet demonstrated in reaction to this missile deployment.

1983 Spain -- Plane Crash

A Boeing 747 jumbo jet traveling from Paris to Madrid crashed today about five miles east of Madrid's Barajas Airport.

1990 UK -- John Major

1990 : John Major is chosen by the Conservative party to succeed Margaret Thatcher as Prime Minister.