Friday, September 30, 2022

Substack buys tool to help newsletter writers boost numbers

Newsletter platform Substack has acquired Yem, a startup that helps newsletter writers grow their mailing lists through marketing campaigns.

Axios reports that the deal is part of a wider effort by Substack to help writers find new subscribers.

Source: Axios

Deal size: Undisclosed

Country: US

Status: Official

Today in Labor History September 30th, 2022

 The Lawrence “Bread and Roses” strike

The Knights of Labor won their strike on the Wabash Railroad. – 1885
Strike leaders were prosecuted for the crime of treason for the first time in U.S. history. Henry C. Frick, chairman of the Carnegie Steel Company, convinced the chief justice of the Pennsylvania Supreme Court to issue warrants for the arrests of every member of the advisory board of the striking steel union for treason against the state. The 29 strike leaders were ultimately charged with plotting “to incite insurrection, rebellion & war against the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania”.  Jurors refused to convict them. – 1892
Seventy-year-old Mother Jones organized the wives of striking miners in Arnot, Pennsylvania to descend on the mine with brooms, mops and clanging pots and pans. They frightened away the mules and their scab drivers. The miners eventually won their strike. – 1899
The “Industrial Worker”, a newspaper that served as a  mouthpiece of the Industrial Workers of the World (IWW), issued its first call for “footloose hoboes and Wobblies” to hop freight trains for Missoula, to join in the free speech fight taking place there. From 1907-1917 the IWW carried out more than 30 Free Speech Fights across the US, generally to demand the right to organize workers in public places and to agitate from street corners. As police arrested one Wobbly for public speaking, another would take his or her place, resulting in thousands of arrests, as well as mass beatings by vigilantes. However, their civil disobedience often succeeded in clogging the jails and court systems to the point that cities were forced to back down and allow public speaking and agitation. – 1909
The Lawrence, Massachusetts “Bread and Roses” textile strike was in full swing. On this date, 12,000 textile workers walked out of mills to protest the arrests of two leaders of the strike. Police clubbed strikers and arrested some, while the bosses fired 1,500. Industrial Workers of the World (IWW) co-founder Big Bill Haywood threatened another general strike to get the workers reinstated. Strike leaders Arturo Giovannitti and Joe Ettor were eventually acquitted 58 days later. – 1912
Railroad shopmen in 28 cities struck the Illinois Central Railroad and the Harriman lines for an 8-hour day, improved conditions and union recognition, but railroad officials obtained sweeping injunctions against them and relied on police and armed guards to protect strikebreakers. – 1915
Black farmers met in Elaine, Arkansas to establish the Progressive Farmers and Householders Union to fight for better pay and higher cotton prices. They were shot at by a group of whites, and returned the fire. News of the confrontation spread and a riot ensued, leaving at least 100, perhaps several hundred blacks dead and 67 indicted for inciting violence. – 1919
The National Farm Workers Association (predecessor to the United Farm Workers) was created during a convention called by Cesar Chavez and Delores Huerta in Fresno, California. – 1962

Important Events From This day in History September 30th

30 Sept, 1955 U.S.A. James Dean

1955 : James Dean the well known young Movie Star who starred in Rebel Without A Cause dies at the age of 24 in a car crash in his Porsche in California.

30 Sept, 1980 Iran / Iraq War

1980 : Iran continued bombing oil installations in Baghdad in retaliation for Iraq aircraft bombing it's oil refineries in the Persian Gulf. This is the 9th day of the war between these major oil producing nations with both claiming victory during each skirmish.

30 Sept, 1936 Spanish Civil War

1936 : Spanish insurgents continue their march to the capital of Spain Madrid and large numbers of clergy have now joined the rebels in protests against the leftist controlled government. Many of the priests were butchered by Government forces. This civil war is being fought by two extreme parties who are trying to gain control of the country.


30 Sept, 1938 Germany Peace In Our Time

1938 : Just two weeks after the Munich agreement was signed and the British Prime Minister Neville Chamberlain announced to the world "Peace In Our Time" Hitler is pushing the bounds of the agreement on the German occupation of Czechoslovakia and taking additional areas under Nazi control. Many suspect he had no intention of slowing his occupation of other countries and a second world war is inevitable.

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30 Sept, 1946 England RMS Queen Mary

1946 : The Captain of the British Liner the Queen Mary claimed a new world record for the Atlantic crossing of 3 days, 15 hours and 48 minutes for the crossing from Halifax to Southampton.

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30 Sept, 1949 Germany Berlin Airlift Ends

1949 : The Berlin Airlift officially comes to an end after 250,000 flights taking food, medical supplies, clothing and fuel to West Germany to circumvent the Soviet Unions Blockade of West Berlin.

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30 Sept, 1951 Festival of Britain Closes

1951 : The Festival of Britain ends where it began at the South Bank in London, the Festival has been a great success as 8.5 million people have paid to visit the exhibition since May 3 which included the newly completed Royal Festival Hall.

Festival of Britain Emblem

30 Sept, 1956 Cyprus Marshal Law

1956 : The city of Nicosia is under marshal law and a curfew following a number of attacks by the Cypriot underground on British servicemen patrolling the streets.

30 Sept, 1957 Mob Violence Indictments

1957 : The justice department attorneys are preparing to go before a federal grand jury to obtain indictments against the instigators of mob violence at central high school in Little Rock Arkansas.

30 Sept, 1963 Ku Klux Klan Members Arrested

1963 : Two men have been arrested for the bombing of a Black church that killed 4 young girls two weeks previously in Birmingham, Alabama. The men are suspected of being members of the Ku Klux Klan and they will be held by state authorities until the trial.

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30 Sept, 1964 U.S.A. James H. Meredith

1964 : In Oxford, Mississippi, James H. Meredith, an African American and a former serviceman in the U.S. Air Force,, is escorted onto the University of Mississippi campus by U.S. Marshals, setting off a deadly riot over the desegregation of the University.

30 Sept, 1965 Indonesia Attempted Coup

September 30th, 1965 : Attempted coup in Indonesia by the so-called 30 September Movement, the Indonesian Communist Party (PKI). Six senior Indonesian army generals are murdered and the next morning, Indonesians woke up to find an organization calling itself the 'Thirtieth of September Movement' in control. This did not last as within a short period Major General Suharto, took back control of the army and launched counteraction against the "30 September Movement" and in 24 hrs the coup and it's leaders were crushed. Following the turmoil large bands of anti-communists went on a violent purge of communists, killing an estimated half million people. By 1967 Suharto's was formally appointed president and instituted a new order of a pro-Western economy and remained in power for over thirty years.

30 Sept, 1970 U.S.A. Oil Stocks

1970 : With the continued uncertainty in the middle east and stockpiles of oil well below the normal suggested level of 15 - 20% in some areas down to 5% brown outs are being planned, but the government has stated that home heating will continue to be a priority as the winter is fast approaching.

30 Sept, 1981 Sandra Day O'Connor

September 30th, 1981 : Sandra Day O'Connor becomes the first female U.S. Supreme Court justice in history when she is sworn in by Chief Justice Warren Burger.

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30 Sept, 1993 India Earthquake

1993 : An earthquake 6.3 on the Richter scale strikes the city of Latur in southern India, by normal accounts 6.3 is not a massive earthquake but due to poor construction of houses and village huts made of stones and because of the time it struck over 10,000 died when they collapsed on sleeping persons in early morning hours.

30 Sept, 1998 U.S.A. Budget Surplus

September 30th, 1998 : US President Bill Clinton announces the country's first budget surplus in almost thirty years. The projected Deficit for 2008 from the Congressional Budget Office is US $400 billion.

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30 Sept, 2004 Vioxx Withdrawn

2004 : Merck & Co. withdraws Vioxx an arthritis drug, from the market after FDA analysts estimated that Vioxx caused between 88,000 and 139,000 heart attacks, 30 to 40 percent of which were probably fatal, in the five years the drug was on the market.

30 Sept, 2004 Duelfer Report

September 30th, 2004 : The Iraq Survey Group (ISG) releases it's final report "The Duelfer Report." The report among other things stated that Saddam Hussein ended his nuclear program in 1991, but did wish to recreate Iraq’s Weapons of Mass Destruction capability (using tactical chemical warfare) after sanctions were lifted against Iraq. The report also stated that his main driving force for creating WMD's was the ongoing hostility between Iran and Iraq not with the west.

30 Sept, 2005 Northern Ireland Gives Up Weapons

2005 : The IRA gives up its weapons to independent weapons inspectors. The IRA had been operating as a terrorist organization since the 60's with bombings and high profile assassinations as the military arm of Sinn Fein.

30 Sept, 2005 Hong Kong Bird Flu Outbreak

September 30th, 2005 : A United Nations health expert who is coordinating the response to the recent south-east Asian bird flu outbreak also known as avian influenza, has warned that the disease could kill 'up to 150 million' people. Bird flu has killed large numbers of birds and more than 60 humans in Asia since 2003.

Chicken Image Public Domain

30 Sept, 2007 India Bedspread Controversy

2007 : The Jewish community in India is angered after a company produces bedspreads entitled the “Nazi collection.” The brand included the swastika symbol next to the name. The company’s owner, Kapil Kumar Todi, argued that the word Nazi was used as an acronym for “New Arrival Zone of India” and the swastika symbol was also a symbol used in Hinduism.

30 Sept, 2008 Iraq Doctors Targeted By Terrorists

September 30th, 2008 : Iraq’s government decides to allow doctors to have guns to use for self-defense after complaints from medical workers. Many doctors and other medical workers were targeted by militants and other criminals since the 2003 invasion by the United States.

30 Sept, 2009 Indonesia Earthquake Sumatra

2009 : Indonesian island of Sumatra is struck by a 7.6-magnitude earthquake with more than the loss of life of more than 1,000. The earthquake caused hospitals, schools and shopping malls to collapse and cut power lines, telephone lines and triggered landslides. The loss of infrastructure included telephone impeded rescue efforts due to lack of communications. It's estimated that more than 250,000 families (1,250,000 people) have been affected by the earthquake through the total (100,000) or partial loss of their homes and livelihoods.

30 Sept, 2009 Canada Clown In Space

September 30th, 2009 : Guy Laliberte, a Canadian billionaire, became the first clown to travel to outer space as a part of the space tourism program. Unlike previous space tourists, Laliberte declared his interest in space travel are not scientific but artistic.

30 Sept, 2011 Serbia Bans Gay Pride Parade

2011 : Serbian authorities banned a gay pride parade from proceeding, citing fears that it would incite violence. Authorities also decided to ban many counter-demonstrators from appearing on the scheduled parade day. Officials insisted that the move was meant to protect public safety.

30 Sept, 2012 US Afghanistan Death Toll Reaches 2,000

2012 : The US Military death toll in Afghanistan reached 2,000 after a checkpoint shooting killed a US soldier in the Wardak province.

30 Sept, 2013 US Diplomats Expelled from Venezuela

2013 : Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro has expelled three United States diplomats, giving them two days to leave the country. He accused them of trying to sabotage the country's economy and were part of the recent blackout. The US embassy denied any involvement in alleged sabotage.

Thursday, September 29, 2022

Today in Labor History September 29, 2022


Three members of the United Mine Workers of America were shot to death by the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) in Saskatchewan. The RCMP had fired into a miners’ parade. During the course of the strike, 400 miners and their families clashed with police. – 1931
A report by the Labor Department’s Bureau of Labor Statistics found that the average weekly take-home pay of a factory worker with three dependents is $94.87 – 1962

Important Events From This day in History September 29th


29 Sept, 1986 Space Shuttle Discovery

1986 : The Space Shuttle Discovery, lifts off from the Kennedy Space Center, Cape Canaveral to launch a communications satellite. This is the first manned space mission since the space shuttle Challenger disaster two and a half years ago.

29 Sept, 1923 U.S.A. Tornadoes

1923 : A Series of Tornado's in Iowa and Nebraska have taken the lives of 20 people with damage to property estimated in the the millions, in addition major cloud bursts caused a number of creeks to flood and becoming raging torrents destroying everything in their path.

29 Sept, 1936 China Will Defeat Japan

1936 : Following the invasion by Japanese marines of Shanghai earlier this week China has stated they are preparing for war and will not rest until the Japanese have been forced from our country.

29 Sept, 1946 U.S.A. Meat Shortage

1946 : As an ever increasing number of butchers and customers face bare butchers shelves, questions are being asked if Abattoirs should be forced to release more meat to the market as it is thought many are hoarding the meat in the hope of prices increasing dramatically.

29 Sept, 1956 Nicaragua President Samoza

1956 : The strong arm leader in Nicaragua President Samoza was assassinated early today by gunmen who shot him down.

29 Sept, 1960 United Nations Nikita Khrushchev

1960 : Soviet Premier Nikita Khrushchev disrupts meeting of the United Nations General Assembly demanding UN Secretary General Dag Hammarskjold be replaced over the way UN forces have intervened in the recent trouble in former Belgian Congo.

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29 Sept, 1962 Take Home Pay $94.87 A Week

1962 : A new report by the department of Labor Statistics shows that the average weekly take home pay of a factory worker with three dependents is now $94.87.

29 Sept, 1970 Mediterranean US 6th Fleet

1970 : The US 6th fleet with two aircraft carriers, is being dogged by the potent soviet Mediterranean squadron as both are on high alert after hijackings earlier this week, at least one Soviet vessel is in sight of the Saratoga and the Independence carriers at all times.

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29 Sept, 1977 Red Army Terrorist Demands

September 29th, 1977 : The Japanese government has agreed to the Red Army terrorist demands of $6,000,000 plus the release of 9 terrorists for the release of the 146 persons held hostage by the Red Army Terrorists from an airliner hijacked and now held in Bangladesh. The terrorists had said if the demands were not met they would kill the hostages one by one starting with the Americans.

29 Sept, 1982 Tylenol Capsule Laced with Cyanide

1982 : A young girl who is sick in Illinois takes an extra strength Tylenol capsule that had been laced with Cyanide poison and died later that day, she was one of seven people who took the Cyanide injected Tylenol Capsules and died. The crime of who laced the Tylenol was never solved and inspired other copy cat similar crimes. The one good thing to have come from this was the introduction of tamper proof packaging.

29 Sept, 1986 U.S.A. Tax Reforms

September 29th, 1986 : In a rare occurrence the Democrats and Republicans set aside their political differences to introduce sweeping tax reform legislation.

29 Sept, 1997 Turkey No Swearing

1997 : A number of American servicemen have been falling foul of the law in Turkey which does not allow the use of profanity in public places and were arrested for shouting profanities during an argument with locals at a local bar, the local prosecutor did allow them off with a warning.

29 Sept, 1997 UK Creutzfeldt-Jacob Disease

September 29th, 1997 : British scientists have confirmed the link between Creutzfeldt-Jacob disease (vCJD) in humans and Bovine Spongiform Encephalopathy (BSE) found in cows.

29 Sept, 2003 Russia International Climate Conference

2003 : As the International Climate Conference gets under way in Moscow many are wondering if one of the most important steps for curbing global warming (Kyoto Protocol) is in danger of collapsing. The protocol is designed to measure current greenhouse emissions relative to a 1990 baseline which suits some countries including Russia and other Former Soviet bloc countries. Two conditions were required for the Protocol to come into force:

1. At least 55 countries must ratify (Yes)

2. Must be ratified by countries whose combined greenhouse gas production accounts for at least 55% of emissions from industrialized nations. (Failed)

US Has not ratified who are the largest emitter of combined greenhouse gas production and Australia has not ratified. Many poorer countries were hoping America would ratify which would allow them to sell "emissions credits." Now even Russia who were hoping to sell some of those emission credits has announced they may not sign and if they do not and America continues to refuse to ratify, the Kyoto treaty may well die and with it any immediate future for global measures to effect climate change.

29 Sept, 2006 School Principle Shot By Student

September 29th, 2006 : A fifteen year old student Eric Hainstock shot and killed his principal on this day. The shooting took place in Cazenovia, Wisconsin. The principal John Klang tried to stop the student and wrestled him to the ground but was shot in the confrontation.

29 Sept, 2007 Cuban Defectors Pan-American Games

2007 : Michel Fernandez Garcia and Rafael Capote, two Cuban defectors, are granted asylum by Brazil after the Pan-American games. The move comes after Brazil deports two other Cuban athletes who asked for asylum during the games.

29 Sept, 2009 Samoa and American Samoa Tsunami

September 29th, 2009 : A tsunami with waves measured 14 meters (46 ft) at their highest on the Samoan coast triggered by An 8.1-magnitude earthquake near the Samoan Islands destroys communities, beach villages and harbors in Samoa, American Samoa and Tonga leaving nearly 200 deaths.

29 Sept, 2011 Kyrgyzstan Parliament Votes to Ban Gambling

2011 : Kyrgyzstan's parliament has voted to ban gambling in the country. The ban faced no opposition in the parliament and would close all casinos in the country in an effort to curb a widespread gambling problem that many believe the country faces.

29 Sept, 2012 Youngest Guantanamo Bay Prisoner Leaves

September 29th, 2012 : Omar Khadr, the youngest prisoner to be held at Guantanamo Bay, was released to his home country of Canada after been in detention since 2002. Khadr was only fifteen years old when he was first detained in Afghanistan and would serve the rest of his sentence in Canada.

29 Sept, 2013 Greece Winter Olympics Flame Lit

2013 : The Olympic flame was lit ahead of the 2014 Winter Games to be held in Sochi, Russia (from February 7th to February 23rd, 2014). The flame would make its way around Russia and the world. Much of the publicity surrounding the games has been overshadowed by Russian politics and recent legislation that has been deemed anti-gay.

Wednesday, September 28, 2022

Los Angeles County Covid-19

September 28, 2022
New Cases: 1,353 (3,453,057 to date)
New Deaths: 13 (33,587 to date)
Current Hospitalizations: 471
Today’s Positivity Rate: 4.7%


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

                              NEW CASES                  DEATHS                HOSPITALIZATIONS

1ST                        2,566                       17                          764

2ND                        2,705                       16                          788

3RD                        2,545                       10                           n/a

4TH                        1,481                        10                           n/a

5TH                        1,029                          9                           n/a

6TH                        1,430                          8                           n/a

7TH                        1,737                        10                          783

8Th                        1,767                         15                         780

9TH                        2,228                         15                         765  

10TH                      2,348                         17                         771

11TH                      1,255                         10                         701

12TH                         941                         10                         713

13TH                      1,601                         13                         735

14TH                      1,777                         16                         717

15TH                      1,862                         19                         677

16TH                      1,944                         16                         669

17TH                      1,705                         16                         624

18TH                      1,072                         11                          601

19TH                         725                           9                          607

20TH                      1,520                         14                          633

21ST                      1,451                         12                          573

22ND                     1,666                          12                         551

23RD                     1,641                          13                         575

24TH                     1,538                           13                        548

25TH                        967*                          11                        489

26TH                        691*                            9                        499

27TH                      1,288                           12                        496

28TH                      1,353                           13                        471

Wednesday Morning in the Blogosphere

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Today in Labor History September 28th, 2022


IWW Demonstration

The International Workingmen’s Association is founded in London.  It was an international organization trying to unite a variety of different left-wing, socialist, communist and anarchist political groups and unions.  It functioned for about 12 years, growing to a membership declared to be eight million, before being disbanded at its Philadelphia conference in 1876, victim of infighting brought on by the wide variety of members’ philosophies. – 1864

Federal agents arrested 165 Wobblies (members of the Industrial Workers of the World) for their resistance to World War I. Over 300 IWW leaders were arrested in September and their offices raided throughout the country. Of course, their real crime was continuing to engage in labor strikes and slowdowns, despite the war propaganda. – 1917

On September 28, 1781, General George Washington, commanding a force of 17,000 French and Continental troops, begins the siege known as the Battle of Yorktown against British General Lord Charles Cornwallis and a contingent of 9,000 British troops at Yorktown, Virginia, in the most important battle of the Revolutionary War.

Important Events From This day in History September 28th


28 Sept, 1918 U.S.A. Spanish Flu Epidemic

1918 : In the worlds worst flu epidemic in history (called Spanish Flu because the first major outbreak causing multiple deaths was in Spain), an estimated 30 million people died worldwide. Philadelphia was the hardest hit city in the United States. After the Liberty Loan parade on September 28, thousands of people became infected causing the death of 12,000 in the city.

28 Sept, 1923 England Schneider Seaplane Cup

1923 : This years Schneider Seaplane cup held each year along the sea front at Portsmouth England has been won by an American aircraft against the rest of the world in a time of 1 hr 12 minutes and 45 seconds, the numbers of aircraft competing this year increased yet again and crowds of spectators lined the beaches watching the race.

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28 Sept, 1924 First Round The World Flight 175 Days

1924 : Two U.S. Army planes landed in Seattle, Washington, completing the first round-the-world flight in 175 days. The flight had begun from Seattle on April 6th with three aircraft named "Chicago, Boston, and New Orleans." The Boston came down while crossing the Atlantic. The Chicago flown by (Lt. Lowell Smith (pilot) and 1st Lt. Leslie Arnold) and the New Orleans flown by (Lt. Erik Nelson (pilot) and Lt. Jack Harding) completed the journey.

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28 Sept, 1946 Vets learn To Fly / GI Bill Of Rights

1946 : An ever increasing number of returning World War II vets are learning to fly under the legislation provided by the GI Bill of Rights, with thousands across the country gaining private pilot licenses.

28 Sept, 1956 Crackdown On Dope

1956 : A mass crackdown on dope users in New York with the narcotic division carrying out multiple raids across the area and arresting 102 men and women who are now in jail pending charges.

28 Sept, 1963 U.S.A. Polio Vaccine

1963 : In one of the biggest undertakings in history against Polio the Sabin oral Polio Vaccine which is taken with a lump of sugar will commence countrywide tomorrow, the vaccine must be kept refrigerated prior to use and requires 6 doses to provide full immunization against the deadly disease.

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28 Sept, 1968 U.S.A. Beatles "Hey Jude"

September 28th, 1968 : The Beatles single "Hey Jude" hits the top of the charts, it is over seven minutes long and was the longest song ever to hit No. 1, a record it holds to this day.

28 Sept, 1975 Spaghetti House Siege In London

1975 : An armed robbery goes wrong at a Spaghetti House restaurant in Knightsbridge, London. The robbers then take nine staff hostage and demand a plane and safe passage to Jamaica. Hostages released on October 3rd.

28 Sept, 1976 U.S.A. Muhammad Ali

September 28th, 1976 : Muhammad Ali beats Ken Norton to retain the heavyweight championship of the world at Yankee Stadium today.

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28 Sept, 1978 Vatican Pope John Paul I

1978 : Pope John Paul I died of a heart attack, just 33 days after he was elected pontiff of the Roman Catholic Church.

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28 Sept, 1981 U.S.A. Disability Benefits

September 28th, 1981 : Up to 38% of all those claiming disability benefits could well be losing those benefits due to the new review of eligibility as part of a federal economy drive, it is believed as many as 500,000 people could lose benefits by the new eligibility rules.

28 Sept, 1985 UK Brixton Riots

1985 : Riots have broken out in the Brixton area of London after a Cherry Groce a suspects mother is shot and injured by accident during a police search of a house in Brixton. Rioters set light to a barricade of cars with petrol bombs and began looting shops in the area.

28 Sept, 1987 US Captures Iranian Mine Layer

September 28th, 1987 : The US Navy has captured an Iranian ship caught laying mines in the Persian Gulf and released the 26 surviving crewman to Iranian officials and have now blown up the ship ensuring it will not be able to lay further mines in the area.

28 Sept, 1994 Sweden Estonia Sinks

1994 : 852 people die when the Car and Passenger Ferry the Estonia sinks in the Baltic.

28 Sept, 1995 Bosnia Russian Peace Keeping Force

September 28th, 1995 : Russian President Boris Yeltsin has offered to put a Russian Peace keeping force in former Yugoslavia working alongside NATO Forces providing NATO stops bombing Serb forces.

28 Sept, 1995 Self Rule Agreed On West Bank

1995 : The Israeli prime minister Yitzhak Rabin and the leader of the Palestine Liberation Organization Yasser Arafat have signed a deal in Washington giving Palestinians Self Rule in the West Bank.

28 Sept, 2000 Riots In Jerusalem

September 28th, 2000 : The hard line Israeli opposition leader Ariel Sharon sparked a riot during a tour of the compound around Al-Aqsa mosque. Soon after the tour began protesters gathered in large numbers hurling stones and other missiles and the Israeli police answered with tear gas and rubber-coated bullets. The site of the Al Aqsa mosque and its compound, is known as Temple Mount to Jews and Haram al Sharif to Muslims, and is sacred to both religions and is the center of controversy over Jerusalem because of it's sacred place in both religions.

28 Sept, 2003 Italy Most of Country Without Power

2003 : A power outage has blacked out close to 90% of the country of Italy, the power cut left thousands stranded on trains and in elevators. The Italian national grid authority has blamed the blackout on a malfunction of supply lines from France, but Italy does have a long term problem where the growth of demand for power is outstripping supply.

28 Sept, 2004 World Oil Price Drops

September 28th, 2004 : The price of a barrel of oil appears to be retreating from it's peak of over $50.00 a barrel bringing some comfort around the world. The price has nearly doubled in a short period bringing concerns over the effect on inflation and the danger of a global recession. Much of the pressure was taken off when the worlds biggest oil exporter agreed to raise production capacity by 1.5 million barrels a day. (Crude Oil Peaked at $147 in July 2008 Price September 2008 $105 barrel)

28 Sept, 2006 Russia Empress Maria Fyodorvna

2006 : Empress Maria Fyodorvna was reburied in St. Petersburg as per her last wishes. The empress was the mother of the last Russian Tsar, Nicholas II. After the communist revolution she was exiled and fled to her birthplace, Denmark, she died in 1928.

28 Sept, 2009 Iran Missile Tests

September 28th, 2009 : The country of Iran successfully tested long-rang missiles amid controversy over the country’s nuclear enrichment program. The missiles have the potential to reach US military bases in the region and Israel.

28 Sept, 2009 Guinea Human Rights Protesters

2009 : A human rights group reported that some 157 people were killed in Guinea when troops fired on protesters. The protests drew about 50,000 people who opposed the rumored presidential campaign of Captain Camara. There were also reports that the troops started looting and sexually assaulted women.

28 Sept, 2011 Japan Boeing 787 Dreamliner

September 28th, 2011 : The first Boeing 787 Dreamliner arrives in Tokyo, Japan, to commence service with All Nippon Airways. The 787 Dreamliner is believed to be the worlds most fuel-efficient airliner and the world's first major airliner to use composite materials.

28 Sept, 2012 President Obama Blocks Chinese Wind Farms

2012 : President Obama has blocked a Chinese firm from being able to build wind farms in Oregon because of security concerns. The wind farm projects would be near a naval facility.

28 Sept, 2013 Children Saved in Trafficking Ring

September 28th, 2013 : Police in China have saved ninety-two children who were abducted by a suspected trafficking ring. They were holding over three-hundred people who were suspected members of the ring. The operation took place in eleven provinces in the country and was a coordinated effort by police.

Tuesday, September 27, 2022

Today in Labor History – September 27th, 2022


Wreck of the Old 97

Textile workers struck in Fall River, Massachusetts, demanding bread for their starving children. Approximately one in six children between the ages of 10 and 15 was working during the second half of the 19th century, primarily in textile mills, print shops, coal mines and factories. –  1875

The International Typographical Union (ITU) renewed a strike against the Los Angeles Times and began a boycott that ran intermittently from 1896 to 1908. A local anti-Times committee in 1903 persuaded William Randolph Hearst to start a rival paper, the Los Angeles Examiner. Although the ITU kept up the fight into the 1920s, the Times remained totally nonunion until 2009, when the GCIU—now the Graphic Communications Conference of the Teamsters—organized the pressroom. – 1893
The Old 97, a Southern Railway train officially known as the Fast Mail, derailed near Danville, Virginia while en route to Spence, North Carolina. Excessive speed, in an attempt to maintain schedules, was the most likely cause. The train derailed at the Stillhouse Trestle, where the train careened off the side of the bridge, killing Engineer Joseph “Steve” Broady, ten other railroad and postal workers, and injuring seven others. The Wreck of the Old 97 inspired balladeers; a 1924 recording is sometimes cited as the first million-selling country music record. – 1903
The International Ladies’ Garment Workers Union (ILGWU) began a strike against New York shirtwaist factories.  The strike primarily involved Jewish women. It was led by Clara Lemlich and supported by the National Women’s Trade Union League of America (NWTUL). This would become the “Uprising of the 20,000”, resulting in 339 of 352 struck firms (not including the Triangle Factory), signing agreements with the union. The Triangle Factory fire that killed 246 would occur less than two years later. – 1909
The Pacific Maritime Association, representing shipping and stevedoring employers, closed all 29 ports on the West Coast during a contract dispute with the International Longshoremen’s and Warehousemen’s Union. The lockout, which lasted 11 days, was the first major work stoppage on western docks since the 1971 longshore workers’ strike that closed the ports for several months. Work resumed in October 2002 after President George W. Bush invoked the Taft-Hartley Act and obtained a court order opening the ports. Negotiations would continue for another six weeks before an agreement was reached on a new contract that gave dock workers hefty benefit and pay increases and union jurisdiction over additional waterfront positions while allowing employers to utilize labor-saving technologies for cargo tracking. – 2002