Thursday, June 30, 2022

Today in Labor History June 30th, 2022

 Eugene V Debs

The Chicago Streetcar Strike began on this day and continued through July 7 – 1885

Following a series of speeches in which he condemned US involvement in World War I, labor leader Eugene Debs was arrested in Cleveland, Ohio for violating the Espionage Act with the “intent to interfere with the operation or success of the military or naval forces of the United States.” At his trial, Debs said, “I would oppose war if I stood alone.” He was found guilty and sentenced to ten years in prison. – 1918
Alabama outlawed the leasing of convicts to mine coal, a practice that had been in place since 1848. In 1898, 73 percent of the state’s total revenue came from this source. Twenty-five percent of all black leased convicts died. – 1928
The Walsh-Healey Act took effect today. It required companies that supply goods to the government to pay wages according to a schedule set by the Secretary of Labor. – 1936
The storied Mine, Mill and Smelter Workers, a union whose roots traced back to the militant Western Federation of Miners, and which helped found the Industrial Workers of the World (IWW), merged into the United Steelworkers of America. – 1967
Up to 40,000 New York construction workers demonstrated in midtown Manhattan, protesting the Metropolitan Transportation Authority’s awarding of a $33 million contract to a nonunion company. Eighteen police and three demonstrators were injured. “There were some scattered incidents and some minor violence,” Police Commissioner Howard Safir told the New York Post. “Generally, it was a pretty well-behaved crowd.” – 1998
Nineteen firefighters died when they were overtaken by a wildfire they were battling in a forest northwest of Phoenix, Arizona. It was the deadliest wildfire involving firefighters in the US in at least 30 years. – 2013

Important Events From This day in History June 30th


1953 U.S.A. The Corvette

1953 : The first all-fiberglass-bodied American sports car, the Corvette was produced on this day and with it's sleek lines is among the best car design ever produced by the American Car Industry.

1900 U.S.A. New Jersey Ships Fire

1900 : A major fire broke out on a Pier in New Jersey (Pier 3 in Hoboken) engulfing 4 German ships that were docked and spreading to over 27 ships before the fire was bought under control.

1931 U.S.A. Al Capone

1931 : Al Capone's attorney has asked for and been granted a one month period for Al Capone to put his business affairs in order and spend time with his family prior to sentencing for tax evasion and jail time.

1934 Germany Party Purge

1934 : Adolf Hitler orders a purge of his own political party, assassinating hundreds of Nazis whom he believed had the potential to become political enemies in the future later known as the Night of the Long Knives.

1936 U.S.A. Gone With The Wind

1936 : The book Gone with the Wind is Published. In 1939 Gone With The Wind was made into the Oscar Winning Film.

1937 Hitler Tells American Businessmen No War

1937 : Adolf Hitler meets a number of American Businessmen in Berlin and tells them there will be no war Germany can not afford a war and does not a war, most believe his sincere style.

1937 Great Britain 999

1937 : 999 emergency service is started in London When 999 was dialed, a buzzer sounded and a red light flashed in the exchange to attract an operator's attention.

1950 U.S.A. Korea War

1950 : President Harry S. Truman orders U.S. armed forces to assist in defending South Korea from invading North Korean armies.

1950 Russia Blames South Korea

1950 : America has asked the Russians to act as peace mediators in Korea but Russia has stated that the blame lies with South Korea for an unprovoked attack on North Korea.

1954 Total Eclipse Of The Sun

1954 : The total eclipse of the sun is seen around the world in Europe, United States, and Asia including Pakistan and India. The longest duration of total eclipse was two minutes 35 seconds. Solar eclipses are normally only seen by a small specific area of the world so this was unusual as it was seen from so many continents.

1969 Biafra 3 Million Starving

1969 : Food aid and medical supplies from the International Committee of the Red Cross to war torn Biafra been banned by Nigeria. It is estimated as many as three million people who are going to starve to death in the next few weeks unless something is done. Two weeks later due to International Pressure Nigerian leader, General Gowon, allowed the Red Cross to airlift urgent medical supplies and food to Biafra.

1971 Space Soyuz 11

1971 : Three Soviet cosmonauts who had spent 23 days orbiting the earth began reentry procedures and when they fired the explosive bolts to separate the Soyuz 11 , a critical valve was jerked open and the capsule was suddenly exposed to the nearly pressure less environment of space seconds later, the cosmonauts were dead.

1976 U.S.A. Artificial Heart Use Predicted

1976 : During the 125th Annual Convention of American Medical Association a pioneer in Cardio Vascular has predicted that by the turn of the century we will be able to use an artificial heart for heart attack victims.

1985 Lebanon Hostages Released

1985 : Thirty Nine American hostages being held captive by the Shia Muslim Amal militia in Lebanon are released, their freedom was secured after intervention by the Syrian President Hafiz al-Assad.

1994 U.S.A. Tonya Harding

1994 : The U.S. Figure Skating Association (USFSA) stripped Tonya Harding of her her 1994 national Figure Skating championship title and banned her from the organization for life for an attack on rival Nancy Kerrigan. The investigation by the USFSA decided Harding knew about the attack before it happened and displayed "a clear disregard for fairness, good sportsmanship and ethical behavior."

1997 Hong Kong British Flag Lowered For Last Time

1997 : The Colonial flag of Hong Kong is lowered for the last time prior to hand over to China tomorrow on July 1st 1997.

1997 UK "Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone"

1997 : JK Rowling's first Harry Potter book UK "Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone" released in the UK. the book is not released in the US until September 1998 as "Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone". The book has now had over 120 million copies sold (2008).

2007 UK Terrorist Attack Glasgow Airport

2007 : A green Jeep Cherokee filled with gas cylinders and fuel is crashed through the check in entrance at Glasgow Airport in Scotland where it burst into flames . The unusual and worrying part of the attack was that the terrorists were working as doctors in the British Health Service.

2007 U.S.A. House Price Drops

2007 : Reports published show overall house prices have dropped in the US by 3.2%

2008 India Pride March in Delhi

2008 : Hundreds of gay rights supporters gathered in the Indian capital of Delhi, marking the first time the city has hosted a pride parade in a country where homosexuality is illegal. The marchers demanded an end to discrimination against gay, lesbian, and transgender people in what was India's largest display of gay pride in its history.

2009 Car Bomb Kills Many in Iraqi Market

2009 : At least twenty-seven people were killed in an explosion after a car bomb was set off in a busy market in Kirkuk, Iraq. The attack came after a major troop withdrawal by the United States who had decided to end their six year occupation of the country with the aim of all US troops to leave Iraq by 2011.

2010 Earthquake Hits Mexico

2010 : An earthquake with a magnitude of 6.2 hit the southern state of Oaxaca in Mexico. The earthquake struck while many in the area were asleep however there were no reports of major damage or injuries.

2011 Greece Passes Austerity Vote

2011 : Members of the Greek parliament passed a key second vote on austerity measures, helping to secure further financial aid for the crisis-ridden country. The vote passed despite several violent strikes and protests against the measures to raise taxes and implement public sector pay cuts across the country. The European Union welcomed the news, which would help prevent Greece from defaulting on its debt and which could have caused many more economic problems for the rest of the Europe.

2012 Mali Islamists Damage Timbuktu Shrines

2012 : Ansar Dine Islamists have damaged shrines of Muslim saints in the city of Timbuktu. Islamists think of the shrines as idolatrous and are said to have damaged the mausoleum of Sidi Mahmoud, one of sixteen shrines in the city.

Wednesday, June 29, 2022

Today in Labor History June 29, 2022


What was to be a 7-day streetcar strike began in Chicago after several workers were unfairly fired. Wrote the police chief at the time, describing the strikers’ response to scabs: “One of my men said he was at the corner of Halsted and Madison Streets, and although he could see fifty stones in the air, he couldn’t tell where they were coming from.” The strike was settled to the workers’ satisfaction. – 1885

Michael Schwab, who was convicted for the Haymarket bombing, died from tuberculosis, having been pardoned and released from prison just a few months prior. – 1898
An Executive Order signed by President Franklin D. Roosevelt established the National Labor Relations Board.  A predecessor organization, the National Labor Board, established by the Depression-era National Industrial Recovery Act in 1933, was struck down by the Supreme Court. – 1934
IWW struck Weyerhaeuser and other Idaho lumber camps. – 1936
Jesus Pallares, founder of the 8,000-member coal miners union, Liga Obrera de Habla Esanola, was deported from the US as an “undesirable alien.” One hundred miners were arrested during the 1934 La Liga strike against the Gallup American Company in New Mexico. – 1936
The Boilermaker and Blacksmith unions merged to become International Brotherhood of Boilermakers, Iron Ship Builders, Blacksmiths, Forgers and Helpers. – 1954
The US Supreme Court ruled in CWA v. Beck that in a union security agreement, a union can collect as dues from non-members only that money necessary to perform its duties as a collective bargaining representative. – 1988

Important Events From This day in History June 29th


1974 Argentina Evita

1974 : President Isabel Peron, Juan Peron's third wife, was the Western Hemisphere's first female head of government after becoming President when her husband died. Argentina was suffering from serious economic and political strife and she was unable to form a government and the countries problems continued to worsen. After a military coup in 1976 she was imprisoned for five years on a charge of abuse of power and upon her release in 1981 settled in Madrid.

1956 U.S.A. Federal Aid Highway Act

1956 : Dwight D. Eisenhower signed the Federal-Aid Highway Act of 1956 bill into law. The National Interstate and Defense Highways Act was for the construction of 41,000 miles of interstate highways over a 20-year period and was the largest public works project ever undertaken. For each highway created 90 percent of construction costs were paid by the Federal budget and 10% from the local state.

1925 Santa Barbara Earthquake

1925 : The picturesque Santa Barbara was rocked by an earthquake causing heavy loss of life when the dam burst and water mains burst causing some of areas of the city to be flattened . The quake was felt as far away as San Francisco and Los Angeles with many millions of dollars worth of damage across California, The earthquake was also felt in other states including Montana with more damage.

1936 U.S.A. Public Works Program

1936 : 3 millions job program launched as part of the relief and public works program the WPA average wage has been set at $25.00 per month, this was a major part of the bills passed in the 1930s to help the country during the Great Depression.

1936 U.S.A. Drought Midwest

1936 : Following the severe drought in the Midwest with a continuing lack of rain in the corn belt many fear soaring food prices.

1941 Germany Invades Russia

1941 : German divisions make major advances on Leningrad, Moscow, and Kiev due to the surprise attack and the use of the Luftwaffe.

1943 U.S.A. Manhattan Project

1943 : Following problems between Manhattan Project physicist J. Robert Oppenheimer and General Leslie Groves, the military leader in charge of the project. President Roosevelt sent a letter to Oppenheimer congratulating him on the progress of the project and asking for his understanding for the conditions he and his fellow scientists were working under due to the strict security required on a project of this importance and magnitude.

1947 U.S.A. Inflated Car Prices Due To Shortages

1947 : Buying a new car from a main new car dealer can mean months or even years to wait but if you go to your local used car dealer you can find the latest 1947 models brand new but at a price of between $500 and $1000 more than the list price, they go direct to the factories and buy them then transport around the country.

1964 Vietnam New Zealand Support

1964 : New Zealand shows support for Americas involvement in Vietnam by sending 24 engineers.

1966 Vietnam Hanoi Bombing

1966 : The US steps up it's use of bombers and for the first time bombs major North Vietnamese population centers of Hanoi and Haiphong.

1986 U.S.A. Virgin Challenger II

1986 : Richard Branson on the 72 ft powerboat Virgin Challenger II smashes the world record for the fastest crossing of the Atlantic beating the previous record-holder, the SS United States, which has held the title since 1952. Although Virgin Challenger II broke the record, the Hales' trustees refused to award the Blue Riband trophy because the boat did not have a commercial maritime purpose and had stopped to refuel. More about Virgin Challenger

1989 U.S.A. Sanctions Against China

1989 : With the worsening of relations between the USA and China during the Cold War Years and following the massacre of protesters in Tiananmen Square. The House of Representatives unanimously passed a package of sanctions against the People's Republic of China focused on economic and trade relations with China.

1995 US Shuttle Docks With Russian Mir

1995 : The US shuttle Atlantis delivered a relief crew of two cosmonauts to the Russian Mir space station, creating a new era of space co-operation between the two former Cold War rivals.

1995 Sampoong Department Store Collapses

1995 : The Sampoong department store in Seoul, South Korea, collapses due to a combination of poor design and poor construction killing more than 500 people.

2001 UK Diana Memorial Hyde Park

2001 : A memorial in honor of Diana, Princess of Wales, is to be built in London's Hyde Park, the memorial will be built on the banks of the Serpentine - the 40-acre artificial lake in the royal park.

2003 Anger Over Public Being Misled in Iraq Invasion

2003 : As the row over statements made by the British Prime Minister in the run up to Iraq Invasion telling the British People that "Saddam could launch weapons of mass destruction within 45 minutes of the order being launched" continues government ministers are coming under increasing pressure from the British Press including the BBC to tell the truth.

The Government Foreign Affairs Committee's report will vindicate the government which leaves the question of:

Did the government mislead the British Public?


Are the British intelligence services so inept that the reports they provided were completely wrong as no weapons of mass destruction were found in Iraq?

2006 U.S.A. Military Tribunals

2006 : The US Supreme Court rules that President George W. Bush's plan to try Guantanamo Bay detainees in military tribunals violated U.S. and international law.

2006 US House Votes to End Offshore Drilling Ban

2006 : The United States House of Representatives voted in favor of ending the ban on offshore oil drilling in the country. The bill that was approved would end the ban which began in 1981 and had been renewed each year since. Coastal states were expected to oppose the end of the ban because of fears that an oil spill could threaten their tourist industry, among other reasons. Despite the progress this signaled towards ending the ban, energy companies and others in favor of offshore drilling would face many more hurdles dealing with state governments and other federal agencies.

2007 United States Apple iPhone Released

2007 : The first Apple iPhones went on sale in stores for the first time as people lined up and waited outside shops for days. The long anticipated phone featured a touch-screen with no keyboard, wi-fi access, a camera, and the ability to browse the web. Apple stated that they hoped they would take hold a significant portion of the mobile phone market with the immensely popular iPhone.

2008 Zimbabwe Opposition Withdraws From Elections

2008 : Following the withdrawal from the presidential elections of the opposition candidate Morgan Tsvangirai for Movement for Democratic Change. Mr Mugabe is sworn in for a new five-year term as Zimbabwe's president.

2009 United States Bernie Madoff Sentenced

2009 : Bernard Madoff, the man behind one of the largest investment fraud crimes in history, was sentenced to one hundred and fifty years in prison for stealing sixty-five billion dollars from investors. The judge had sentenced Madoff to the maximum time for all eleven charges against him, while the defense had asked for only twelve years in jail. After the sentence was announced the courtroom audience applauded and cheered.

2011 French Journalists Released in Afghanistan

2011 : French president Nicolas Sarkozy stated that two French journalists who had been kidnapped in Afghanistan were released after eighteen months. Herve Ghesquiere, Stephane Taponier, and their interpreter, Reza Din were freed and taken to a French base in Afghanistan. The journalists were kidnapped by Taliban insurgents along with two other Afghan citizens and were said to be in good condition upon their release.

2012 Actress Doris Singleton Dies

2012 : Actress Doris Singleton died at the age of ninety-two. Singleton appeared in ten episodes of I Love Lucy at the height of the show's popularity and also had roles in My Three Sons and several other television series.

2013 California Lifts Ban on Gay Marriages

2013 : An appeals court in San Francisco, California lifted the ban on gay marriage soon after a Supreme Court ruling. Within hours of the ruling, gay marriages resumed in the city hall for the first time since November of 2008.

Tuesday, June 28, 2022

Los Angeles County Covid-19

June 28, 2022
New Cases: 3,671 (3,105,867 to date)
New Deaths: 9 (32,316 to date)
Current Hospitalizations: 807
Today’s Positivity Rate: 12.2%


Tuesday Afternoon in the Blogosphere


Time for Real Coverage of the Supreme Court - Second Rough Draft

Los Angeles County Covid-19 Trends June 1st - 28th

                            NEW CASES                        DEATHS              HOSPITALIZATIONS

1ST                    4,454                              5                            502

2ND                    5,047                            10                           524

3RD                    5,051                            10                           522

4TH                    5,708                              7                           510

5TH                    4,404                              3                           540

6TH                    4,282                              5                           530

7TH                    3,722                            10                           557

8TH                    6,195                              8                           555

9TH                    4,846                              7                           595

10TH                  6,202                              8                           616

11TH                  6,385                              6                           571  

12TH                  3,583                              4                           574   

13TH                  2,998                              7                           593

14TH                  3,310                              9                           579

15TH                  5,693                              9                           606

16TH                  4,583                              9                           605

17TH                  5,122                              5                           612

18TH                  4,344                              6                           639

19TH                  4,217                              3                           653

20TH                  3,566                              2                           671

21ST                  2,294                              2                           664

22ND                 5,575                              8                            679

23RD                 5,621                            12                            688

24TH                 6,129                               8                            741

25TH                 5,852                             11                            762

26TH                 4,761                               5                            n/a

27TH                 3,110                               3                            n/a

28TH                 3,671                               9                            807 

Today in Labor History June 28, 2022


New York City - Grand Demonstration

This date marked the birthday of machinist Matthew Maguire, who many believe first suggested Labor Day. Others believe it was Peter McGuire, a carpenter. – 1850

President Grover Cleveland signed legislation declaring Labor Day an official US holiday. – 1894
The federal government sued the Teamsters to force reforms on the union, the nation’s largest. The following March, the government and the union signed a consent decree requiring direct election of the union’s president and creation of an Independent Review Board. – 1988

Important Events From This day in History June 28th


1997 Mike Tyson and Evander Holyfield

1997 : Mike Tyson was disqualified after biting off part of Evander Holyfield's ear.

1837 Queen Victoria Coronation

1837 : Queen Victoria moves to Buckingham Palace, and the coronation takes place at Westminster Abbey on June 28th, 1837.

1919 : Germany signs the Treaty of Versailles with the Allies, officially ending World War I.

1925 U.S.A. Jack Dempsey

1925 : A match between Jack Dempsey and Georges Carpentier scheduled for July 2nd will attract the largest crowd ever for a Boxing match with over 70,000 tickets sold and all accommodation in the area and for many miles sold out when the World Heavyweight Champion defends his title in Jersey City.

1940 England Free French Forces

1940 : Following the German occupation of France General Charles De Gaulle, set up headquarters in England for free French Forces and is recognized as the Leader.

1952 South Africa Nelson Mandela Jailed

1952 : Police struck at the heart of the resistance to segregation by throwing top jailing the leaders of the movement for crossing forbidden race barriers the leaders included Nelson Mandela.

1958 Algeria Political Prisoners Released

1958 : With tensions increasing in Algeria and the call by Muslim nationalists for independence. General Charles de Gaulle has announced the release of 30 Algerian political prisoners prior to local elections in Algeria, and a referendum of all French citizens on changes to the constitution which may well include additional independence for Algeria.

1960 Great Britain Mining Disaster

1960 : A gas explosion at a coal mine at the Six Bells Colliery in Abertillery, Monmouthshire, Wales has left 37 dead and a further 8 missing presumed dead.

1969 U.S.A. The Stonewall Riot

1969 : A police raid of the Stonewall Inn a gay club located on New York City's Christopher Street turns violent as patrons and local sympathizers begin rioting against the police this was known as The Stonewall Riot.

1972 U.S.A. Vietnam

1972 : President Nixon announces that no more draftees will be sent to Vietnam unless they volunteer and a continuing decrease in US troops in Vietnam will continue.

1991 UK Margaret Thatcher

1991 : The former British prime minister Margaret Thatcher who has held her Finchley seat for more than 30 years has announced she is to give up her seat (Member of Parliament for Finchley) in the House of Commons at the next general election.

1992 U.S.A. California Earthquakes

1992 : Two of the strongest earthquakes ever to hit California strike the desert area east of Los Angeles, a 7.3-magnitude quake in Landers, 100 miles east of Los Angeles. Just over three hours later, a second 6.3-magnitude tremor hit in Big Bear just e few miles from the first quake.

1999 U.S.A. Trillion Dollar Surplus

1999 : Following nine straight years of economic growth in the US, the US Government says that its budget surplus will be $1,000bn which it plans to use for strengthening Medicare and paying off some of the countries $3,700bn national debt. The current National debt is $9.0 trillion or $90,000.0 billion or nearly 24 X what it was in 1990 just 9 years ago.

2004 US Hands back power to Iraq

2004 : The US has transferred sovereignty of Iraq back to Iraq ending 15 months of US control in Iraq. Iraq's interim Prime Minister Iyad Allawi and his cabinet have now been sworn in and have made a televised address to the people of Iraq after formally taking office.

2007 Ireland Elects First Black Mayor

2007 : The town of Portlaoise elected the first black mayor in the country of Ireland. Rotimi Adebari came to Ireland in 2000 as an asylum seeker from Nigeria. He became involved in local politics in 2004 and received a Master's degree from Dublin City University. His election as mayor came only after a voting pact between different factions and independent councilors.

2008 U.S.A. Handgun Laws

2008 : Following the US Supreme Court decision that a ban on the private possession of handguns in Washington DC was unconstitutional as it violates the Second Amendment. The National Rifle Association (NRA) is planning to fight similar bans in other states and cities including San Francisco and Chicago.

2008 China Olympic Bird's Nest Ready

2008 : The main venue for the Beijing Olympics, the Bird's Nest, was completed and declared operational. The $500 million project was the last to be completed of all the Olympic buildings and made to host the opening and closing ceremonies as well as other sporting events. With a 91,000 seat capacity, the stadium was chosen from hundreds of designs and created by Chinese architect Li Xinggang with help from the Swiss design firm Herzog and de Meuron.

2010 US Senator Byrd Dies

2010 : United States Democratic Senator Robert Byrd of West Virginia died at the age of ninety-two. Byrd was the longest serving Senator at the time of his death and had been in office since 1952 when he became a US representative. Byrd became a Senator in 1959 and had adamantly campaigned against civil rights in the 1960s only to change his opinion and apologize for his actions later in his career. He had also been outspoken against the Iraq invasion.

2012 Israel Stages Miss Holocaust Survivor Pageant

2012 : A controversial pageant was staged in Israel as contestants vied to win the title of the holocaust survivor beauty pageant. Fourteen elderly contestants paraded on stage and described the events they survived during the holocaust, organizers stated it was a celebration of life and critics stated it made light of a solemn and serious event. The winner was seventy-nine year old Hava Hershkovitz from Romania.

2013 China Riots in Xinjiang

2013 : The death toll of riots in the Xinjiang region of China rose to thirty-five. Rioters had reportedly attacked police stations with knives and had killed twenty-four people. Police had killed eleven of the attackers and arrested four others.

Monday, June 27, 2022

Los Angeles County Covid-19


Los Angeles County Covid-19 Trends June 1st - 27th

                          NEW CASES                        DEATHS              HOSPITALIZATIONS

1ST                    4,454                              5                            502

2ND                    5,047                            10                           524

3RD                    5,051                            10                           522

4TH                    5,708                              7                           510

5TH                    4,404                              3                           540

6TH                    4,282                              5                           530

7TH                    3,722                            10                           557

8TH                    6,195                              8                           555

9TH                    4,846                              7                           595

10TH                  6,202                              8                           616

11TH                  6,385                              6                           571  

12TH                  3,583                              4                           574   

13TH                  2,998                              7                           593

14TH                  3,310                              9                           579

15TH                  5,693                              9                           606

16TH                  4,583                              9                           605

17TH                  5,122                              5                           612

18TH                  4,344                              6                           639

19TH                  4,217                              3                           653

20TH                  3,566                              2                           671

21ST                  2,294                              2                           664

22ND                 5,575                              8                            679

23RD                 5,621                            12                            688

24TH                 6,129                               8                            741

25TH                 5,852                             11                            762

26TH                 4,761                               5                            n/a

27TH                 3,110                               3                            n/a