Saturday, October 29, 2022

Today in Labor History October 29th, 2022


Katsu Goto

Japanese immigrant and labor advocate Katsu Goto was strangled to death, his body then strung from an electric pole, on the Big Island of Hawaii by thugs hired by plantation owners. They were outraged over Goto’s work on behalf of agricultural workers and because he opened a general store that competed with the owners’ own company store. – 1889

The Wall Street Crash, also known as Black Tuesday, the Great Crash, or the Stock Market Crash of 1929 was the most devastating stock market crash in U.S. history when taking into consideration the full extent and duration of its aftereffects. The crash signaled the beginning of the 10-year Great Depression that affected all Western industrialized countries. – 1929
The National Organization for Women (NOW) was founded in Chicago. – 1966

Important Events From This day in History October 29th


29 Oct, 1929 U.S.A. Stock Market Crash

1929 : The Stock Market Crash on Black Tuesday on the New York Stock Exchange. Billions of dollars were lost, wiping out thousands of investors, and stock tickers ran hours behind because the machinery could not handle the tremendous volume of trading. Partly due to the crash America and the rest of the industrialized world spiraled downward into the Great Depression of the 1930's. Some of the closing prices from that day are listed below:

US Steel 175

Westinghouse Electric 125

American Telephone 220

American Can 119

29 Oct, 1921 U.S.A. Tuberculosis

1921 : Clinics are being opened in many cities across the country in an attempt to discover the number of cases of incipient tuberculosis, from the results so far the numbers are much higher than first thought and in some areas as many as 80% of those going for tests are infected.

29 Oct, 1923 Republic of Turkey Created

1923 : The Treaty of Lausanne of July 24th leads to the creation of the "Republic of Turkey" and Mustafa Kemal Atatürk becomes it's first President.

29 Oct, 1927 Italian Liner Mafalda Sinks

1927 : As more of the passengers rescued from the Italian Liner Mafalda are being bought to Rio De Janeiro tales of steerage passengers and stewards looting passengers and a wild scramble to the lifeboats with fights occurring on the lifeboats . As the ship was sinking a call was made for women and children from first class to board the lifeboats but steerage immigrants and the ships stokers rushed the lifeboats leaving the ship in chaos and 3 of the lifeboats overturned. Charges that the lifeboats on board could only carry 500 of the total 1286 on board led to the panic. Currently 331 are still missing presumed dead as the waters where the ship went down is heavily infested with sharks who were taking people as they entered the water. Shortly before the ships departure engineers at Genoa had declared the ship unsafe.

29 Oct, 1942 World War II Rommel

1942 : The push against Rommel forces by the 8th Army in North Africa continues to gain ground as heavy losses are inflicted on Rommels Tank's by the British army and American Fighter Pilots are pounding the supply lines to stop the enemy from getting much needed reinforcements.

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29 Oct, 1948 U.S.A. Deadly Smog

1948 : A poison cloud of deadly smog settles on Donora Pennsylvania causing the deaths of 19 and hospitalization of 50, the poison in the cloud was caused by a local company which was smelting Zinc causing it to combine with the smog.

29 Oct, 1956 Middle East Israel Invades Egypt

1956 : After Egypt nationalizes the Suez Canal Israel invades Egypt causing the start of the Suez Crisis.

29 Oct, 1964 Star of India and the Eagle Diamond stolen

1964 : The Star of India (563.35 carat (112.67 g) star sapphire) and the Eagle Diamond (16.25 carat discovered in Eagle, Wisconsin) are stolen from the American Museum of Natural History in New York City. The Star of India is later recovered but the Eagle Diamond is never found.

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29 Oct, 1967 U.S.A. Hair Opens

1967 : Hair Opens at The Shakespeare Public Theater in New York City and runs from October 29, 1967 - December 10, 1967. Hair was the first musical based on long-haired, peace-loving, freewheeling hippy era. The show struggled to find a longer term home but in 1968 The show opened on Broadway at the Biltmore Theater on April 29th, 1968. and ran for 4 yrs with 1,742 performances.

29 Oct, 1967 UK Jack McVitie

1967 : Jack McVitie the notorious London drug dealer and hitman is murdered by Reggie Kray. Reggie Kray was found guilty of the murder in 1969 and received life imprisonment.

29 Oct, 1969 U.S.A. ARPANET

October 29th, 1969 : The first host-to-host connection over the ARPANET (predecessor of the Internet) is made when the first message is sent between two computers at University of California, Los Angeles.

29 Oct, 1975 Spain Franco Resigns

1975 : Following a long term illness Franco resigns as head of state after ruling the country for 36 years, Prince Juan Carlos will become the first King of Spain for 44 years since the Spanish Civil War.

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29 Oct, 1982 Australia Dingo Baby Case

October 29th, 1982 : Lindy Chamberlain found guilty of the murder of her 9 week old daughter after a jury dismissed her claim that a dingo took the baby.

29 Oct, 1983 Netherlands Cruise Missile Demonstrations

1983 : The largest mass demonstration in Dutch history when 500,000 people demonstrate against against the deployment of cruise missiles on Netherlands soil.

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29 Oct, 1986 UK M25 Completed

October 29th, 1986 : The final stretch of the M25 motorway is opened by British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher. The M25 circles Greater London from Dartford Crossing A282 to Dartford Crossing A282 (which provides the link across the River Thames).

29 Oct, 1998 Honduras Hurricane Mitch

1998 : Hurricane Mitch strikes Honduras, although by the time is struck Honduras it had decreased significantly from a Category 5 hurricane, it is one of the most deadly hurricanes on record due to it's slow speed across the country and severe rainfalls. Because of the rainfall (with reports of 3 to 6ft of rain) flooding and landslides never seen before make it the second deadliest Atlantic hurricane in history when over 11,000 people are killed in Honduras and Nicaragua.

29 Oct, 1998 South Africa Truth and Reconciliation Commission

October 29th, 1998 : The Truth and Reconciliation Commission which was to "was to uncover the truth about past abuse, using amnesty as a means of allowing perpetrators of crimes relating to human rights violations, to apologize rather than to be punished past crimes". The commission presented its report on this day in history which condemned both sides for committing atrocities.

29 Oct, 1999 India Cyclone

1999 : A cyclone with winds up to 160 MPH sweeps through the state of Orissa in eastern India leaving thousands more homeless after a tidal wave runs across the low lying plains along the coast.

29 Oct, 2002 Vietnam Deadly Fire

October 29th, 2002 : A deadly fire at the International Trade Centre in Ho Chi Minh City a modern state of the art Mall containing 400 stores and restaurants in the southern commercial center of the country claims the lives of 60 and injured a further 100.

29 Oct, 2004 Italy European Constitution

2004 : The European Constitution is established when 25 European heads of state sign the Treaty in Rome. The treaty required each member state to ratify before becoming law but French and Dutch voters rejected the treaty in referendums and the treaty is not implemented.

29 Oct, 2005 India Terrorist Bombs

October 29th, 2005 : Three terrorist bombs explode in crowded marketplace bazaars within minutes of each other, killing at least 61 people.

29 Oct, 2007 Argentina Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner

2007 : Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner (Justicialist Party) becomes the first elected female President of Argentina. Isabel Perón was the first female President of Argentina (after the death of her husband Juan Perón) but not through election.

29 Oct, 2008 United States Federal Reserve reduced to 1%

October 29th, 2008 : The Federal Reserve has cut its key interest rate for the second time in the last month from 2.0% to 1.5% and now to 1.0% in a widely expected move, as it aims to avoid a possible US recession. It is expected other central banks around the world will follow.

29 Oct, 2011 China Blast Kills Miners

2011 : An explosion at a the Xialiuchong coal mine killed twenty-nine miners and injured another six. The mine was located in Southern China's Hunan province.

29 Oct, 2012 Egyptian Coptic Pope

October 29th, 2012 : A council of Egyptian Copts have chosen their candidates to succeed Pope Shenouda III who had died earlier in the year. The three candidates, two bishops and monk, will have their names placed in a box on an alter where a blindfolded child will choose one of the names to become the new Coptic Christian Pope on November 4th.

29 Oct, 2013 Tunnel Links Europe and Asia

2013 : The Marmaray sub-sea tunnel was officially opened in Turkey. The tunnel was built to link Europe and Asia through the Bosphorus Strait. It is the first tunnel to connect two continents together and it was built with the intention to withstand damage from earthquakes.

Los Angeles County Covid-19

October 28, 2022
New Cases: 1,220 (3,485,787 to date)
New Deaths: 11 (33,951 to date)
Current Hospitalizations: 407
Today’s Positivity Rate: 3.9%


Friday, October 28, 2022

How Kenyan man makes beautiful pencils from recycled newspapers

Mahamud Omari and his partners came up with the idea of making Momo Pencils from recycled newspapers after they realised most of the pencils used in Kenya are imported from China and India.

They put their mind together, bought machines and employed people who collect the newspapers from homes and offices. The move has helped to achieve two things: conserve the environment and provide affordable pencils for Kenyan school kids. They spoke to Citizen.Digital on this exciting venture.

Friday Morning in the Blogosphere

 Taking our first cruise this Sunday to Mexico on the Carnival Radiance

Musk in control of Twitter but where will he go from here? - The Associated Press

Once key, U.S. newspaper editorial endorsements fade away - The Associated Press

Summit Daily News asks readers to report illegal stuffing of political fliers in newspapers - Summit Daily

Lord Ashcroft’s Political Holdings to buy Politics Home and other Dods media assets

By William Turvill

Political Holdings, a media company owned by Lord Ashcroft, has agreed a £4.5m deal to buy Politics Home and several other assets from Merit Group, which counts Lord Ashcroft as its largest shareholder.

The deal marks an expansion for Political Holdings – which already owns Conservative Home, Biteback Publishing and Campaigns and Election, a service for campaign professionals – and a restructuring for Merit, which will now focus on “business intelligence”.

Political Holdings is a private company owned by Lord Ashcroft. As of June, Lord Ashcroft (pictured) owned a 42% stake in the publicly-listed Merit Group, formerly known as Dods Group.

Under the deal, Political Holdings will be acquiring Politics Home, as well as magazines for Westminster (The House), Edinburgh (Holyrood) and Brussels (The Parliament). Other titles acquired will include Civil Service World, Training Journal and Public Technology.

Political Holdings will also buy several events under the Dods brand, including Women in Leadership, Civil Service Live and the MEP Awards, as well as its growing training business.

Source: Press Gazette

Deal size: £4.5m

Country: UK

Status: Official

Today in Labor History October 28th, 2022


The Gateway Arch

Union organizer and anarchist Luisa Capetillo was born in Ariecibo, Puerto Rico. She organized tobacco and other agricultural workers in Puerto Rico and later in New York and Florida. In 1916 she led a successful sugar cane strike of more than 40,000 workers on the island. She demanded that her union endorse voting rights for women. In 1919, three years before her death, she was arrested for wearing pants in public, the first woman in Puerto Rico to do so. The charges were dropped. – 1879

Two mine workers were killed in Virden, Illinois. – 1898
The Gateway Arch, a 630 ft high parabola of stainless steel marking the Jefferson National Expansion Memorial on the waterfront of St. Louis, Missouri was completed after two and a half years. Although it was predicted 13 lives would be lost in construction, not a single Ironworker died. – 1965

Important Events From This day in History October 28th


28 Oct, 1962 Cuban Missile Crisis Ends

1962 : Cuban Missile Crisis

1. 22nd October: President Kennedy, tells Americans that missiles have been discovered in Cuba which had the potential to attack the United States with nuclear warheads.

2. 23rd - 24th October: Strategic Air Command goes to DEFCON 2, for the only time in history. The Naval Blockade of Cuba by United States begins.

3. 27th October: The U.S. informs its NATO allies that the United States may find it necessary within a very short time in its interest and that of its fellow nations in the Western Hemisphere to take whatever military action may be necessary including invasion of Cuba.

4. October 28th : Nikita Khrushchev informed the United States that he had ordered the dismantling of Soviet missile bases in Cuba. The US informs the Soviet Union that they will not invade Cuba.

28 Oct, 1936 Spain Civil War

1936 : As the Nationalist forces approach Madrid fears that the defense forces will quickly crumble may lead to mass slaughter by the rebel fascist forces with much bloodshed. The cause of the current government may well be lost and they will be forced to move their base to Catalonia where the loyalist support is much stronger.

28 Oct, 1826 The Statue of Liberty

1826 : The Statue of Liberty is dedicated by Grover Cleveland on October 28th, 1886. The Statue was built in France and and funded by the French people and was shipped in 1885 to New York and placed onto Liberty Island in New York Harbor.

1919 Volstead Act (National Prohibition Act)

Congress passes the Volstead Act (National Prohibition Act) which establishes the definition of illegal liquor and the punishments for making it 18th Amendment / Prohibition Timeline

28 Oct, 1922 Italy Mussolini

1922 : King Victor Emmanuel III hands over power to Mussolini who was supported by the military.

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28 Oct, 1927 U.S.A. Smugglers

1927 : 150 kegs of the genuine scotch whisky described as 140% proof bearing the label of Perth Scotland has been captured in New Haven, Connecticut after being landed at smugglers cove.

28 Oct, 1929 Wall Street Crash Black Monday

1929 : The Monday starting the two days of the Wall Street Crash often referred to as Black Monday. Following the crash on the 24th (Black Thursday) over the weekend a number of investors decided to pull out of the market (Monday 13% drop) and by the the next day (Tuesday another 12% drop) as word spread the number of investors attempting to sell shares sent the market into a downward spiral. Although the Wall Street Crash was not the only factor in the following decade of the Great Depression, the decisions made by government over the crash are considered to have had a major impact on how bad and how long the depression was.

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28 Oct, 1933 Diphtheria, Tuberculosis and Scarlet Fever

1933 : As the number affected by poverty through the lack of work increases, the corresponding increase in disease continue with Diphtheria, Tuberculosis and scarlet fever all on the increase.

28 Oct, 1942 U.S.A. Coffee Rationing

1942 : The government has announced that the nationwide rationing of Coffee will begin on November 28th.

28 Oct, 1942 Canada Alaska Highway

1942 : The Alaska Highway (Alcan Highway) connecting the contiguous U.S. to Alaska through Canada is completed through Canada to Richardson Highway in Delta Junction, Alaska. The highway is approx 1,680 miles long starting in Dawson Creek, British Columbia to Delta Junction.

28 Oct, 1948 Germany War Crimes

1948 : Nine more Germans convicted of war crimes were hanged today as the US Army continued with executions of those convicted of war crimes. The total now is 29 hanged at Landsberg prison since October 15th.

28 Oct, 1965 U.S.A. Gateway Arch

October 28th, 1965 : The Gateway Arch, a 630 ft high parabola of stainless steel marking the Jefferson National Expansion Memorial on the waterfront of St. Louis, Missouri is completed.

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28 Oct, 2001 Pakistan Islamic Extremists

2001 : Islamic extremist gunmen burst into a church in eastern Pakistan killing 18 people including children who were at prayer.

28 Oct, 2005 U.S.A. Libby Indicted

October 28th, 2005 : I. Lewis Libby, Jr., chief of staff to U.S. Vice President Dick Cheney, resigns following indictment on five federal felony charges. He is charged with obstruction of justice, perjury to a Grand Jury, and making false statements to the FBI in the Justice Department's investigation into the Plame leak.

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28 Oct, 2007 March for Land Rights Reaches Delhi

2007 : Tens of thousands of landless Indian farmers and tribal people reach Delhi after a three-week march of 200 miles for land rights. During the last few years as India continues progress with increased industrial production and power plants, many farmers have had land taken away for these projects and recieved nothing in return leaving them with no way of supporting families.

28 Oct, 2011 UK Women Equal in Throne Succession

October 28th, 2011 : Commonwealth leaders unanimously agreed that female heirs to the throne would be equal in the rules of succession. The ruling means that sons and daughters of British monarchs will have equal claim to the throne. The previous rules, that had been in place for over three hundred years, stated that first-born sons had the right to the throne and daughters would only inherit the monarchy had no sons been born or survived. They also agreed to lift the ban that stated British monarchs could not marry Roman Catholics.

28 Oct, 2012 Nigeria Suicide Bomb Attack Against Church

2012 : A truck carrying explosives drove into a Catholic church in Kaduna, Nigeria killing seven and injuring more. While no group claimed the attack it was believed that it could have been by the Boko Haram Islamic militant group that has targeted the city before.

28 Oct, 2013 Putin Welcomes Gay Athletes

October 28th, 2013 : Russian president Vladimir Putin has declared the gay athletes would be welcome at the upcoming Winter Olympics to be held in the Russian city of Sochi. The country had come under criticism for passing several anti-gay laws including one that banned "gay propaganda" and many gay rights groups feared that it would not be a safe place for gay athletes at the Olympics.

Thursday, October 27, 2022

How it's made - Newspapers


Thursday Morning in the Blogosphere

 Press Men playing golf

Facebook parent Meta's revenue, profit decline amid ad slump - Tacoma News Tribune

Mediahuis buys Carzone from Auto Trader Group

Belfast Telegraph and Irish Independent owner Mediahuis has bought Irish online motoring marketplace Carzone from Auto Trader Group.

Explaining the deal, Mediahuis said: “With the shift in sentiment towards digital retailing, the acquisition of Carzone strengthens Mediahuis’ marketplace division in Ireland, bringing a unique offering to significantly improve the buying experience for consumers and represents an exciting opportunity for the motoring industry.”

Mediahuis already owns online marketplace, and, a car history check service.

Auto Trader Group chief executive Nathan Coe said the company remains focused on its strategy in the UK.

Source: Mediahuis

Deal size: Undisclosed

Country: Ireland

Status: Official

Today in Labor History October 27th, 2022


The National Negro Labor Council is formed

The New York City subway, the first rapid-transit system in America, opens. More than 100 workers died during the construction of the first 13 miles of tunnels and track – 1904

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Three strikes on works-relief projects in Maryland were underway today, with charges that Depression-era Works Projects Administration jobs were paying only about 28 cents an hour—far less than was possible on direct relief.  Civic officials in Cumberland, where authorities had established a 50-cent-per-hour minimum wage, supported the strikers - 1935 The National Labor Council is formed in Cincinnati to unite Black workers in the struggle for full economic, political and social equality. The group was to function for five years before disbanding, having forced many AFL and CIO unions to adopt non-discrimination policies - 1951

Important Events From This day in History October 27th


27 Oct, 1954 U.S.A. Marilyn Monroe

1954 : Marilyn Monroe and Joe DiMaggio divorce after DiMaggio allegedly struck Monroe following the filming of her famous "skirt scene" in The Seven-Year Itch.

27 Oct, 1904 New York Subway

1904 : The New York subway opens travelling between Lower Manhattan and Harlem stopping at 28 stations in between and cost a nickel to ride.

27 Oct, 1921 U.S.A. Metric System

1921 : A senate committee is advising that the United States changes to the metric system of weights and measures as it is now used by 37 countries against the Imperial weights and measure system used in just 12 countries . Currently the only major international country to have not adopted the metric system is the United States who still use Gallons, pints, pounds, ounces, etc.

27 Oct, 1936 England Mrs Wallis Simpson

1936 : Mrs. Wallis Simpson American born Friend of King Edward of England won a divorce in a brief hearing at Ipswich assizes. The petition for divorce was based on evidence that her ships brokers husband a subject of the king was guilty of misconduct at the Hotel De Paris at Bray near Maidenhead in Berkshire.

27 Oct, 1940 U.S.A. World's Fair

1940 : World's Fair in New York ended with a final day attendance record of 537,952.

New York World's Fair

27 Oct, 1960 U.S.A. Martin Luther King Jr

1960 : Civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr. was released from the Georgia State Prison following a direct intervention from Robert F. Kennedy who had question his constitutional right to bail, while pending appeal of a traffic conviction.

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27 Oct, 1962 Cuba U-2 Airplane Shot Down

1962 : Rudolf Anderson, Jr is shot down over Cuba while flying a U-2 reconnaissance plane by a Soviet-supplied S-75 Dvina surface-to-air missile during The Cuban Missile Crisis.

27 Oct, 1962 Cuban Missile Crisis Ends

1962 : After much posturing by both sides and the world living in fear of a Nuclear Holocaust the United States and the Soviet Union agree to a plan to end the two-week-old Cuban Missile Crisis.

27 Oct, 1964 U.S.A. Aircrash

1964 : A twin-engine A3D bomber crashed into a group of buildings at El Centro Naval Air Facility in California, during a Navy Day air show killing nine and leaving many more injured.

27 Oct, 1964 Great Britain Rhodesia

1964 : Britain has told Rhodesia it will be guilty of treason and banished from the Commonwealth if it declares itself independent. Prime Minister Harold Wilson has told Prime Minister Ian Smith that free elections of the entire population who are of voting age be allowed to select the Government before Great Britain would grant independence. Currently only white voters have been allowed to vote allowing white only rule in Rhodesia.

27 Oct, 1968 Vietnam War Protesters

October 27th, 1968 : 6,000 Vietnam Anti-War protesters clash with police outside the United States Embassy at Grosvenor Square, London. These protesters were a small part of a much larger peaceful march against US involvement in Vietnam.

27 Oct, 1970 U.S.A. Controlled Substance Act

1970 : Controlled Substance Act becomes law which class Cannabis, marijuana, heroin and LSD among many others as schedule I drugs. Schedule I drugs are (A) drug or other substance has high potential for abuse (B) The drug or other substance has no currently accepted medical use in treatment in the United States.

27 Oct, 1971 Democratic Republic of the Congo

October 27th, 1971 : Democratic Republic of the Congo is renamed Zaire.

27 Oct, 1992 U.S.A. Allen R. Schindler, Jr

1992 : United States Navy radioman Allen R. Schindler, Jr. is murdered by a shipmate and is a victim of a hate crime due to his being gay. He was a radioman on the amphibious assault ship USS Belleau Wood and murdered by shipmate Airman Apprentice Terry M. Helvey who stomped Schindler to death in a toilet in a park in Sasebo, Nagasaki. The murder created national debate about gays in the military that resulted in the United States "Don't ask, don't tell" military policy which means that as long as gay or bisexual men and women in the military hide their sexual orientation, commanders are not allowed to investigate their sexuality.

27 Oct, 1997 Dow Drops 323.42 Points

October 27th, 1997 : News of a 6 percent decline on the Hong Kong index had spread to Wall Street and by 2 P.M. the Dow had dropped 323.42 points. Wall Street closes after invoking the so-called "circuit-breaker rules." which had been passed following the 1987 crash, to provide a cooling off period for when the market appears to be in freefall. When the exchange re-opened the next day sentiments had changed and the market rebounded.

27 Oct, 1999 Prime Minister Vazgen Sargsyan Murdered

1999 : Gunmen headed by journalist Nairi Hunanyan took over the Armenian parliament building opening fire and killing Prime Minister Vazgen Sargsyan, Parliament Chairman Karen Demirchyan, and 6 other members. Armenia is a former republic of the Soviet Union.

27 Oct, 2005 France Riots In Paris

October 27th, 2005 : Following the accidental death of two Muslim teenagers, Zyed Benna and Bouna Traoré who tried to hide from police who were chasing them in a power substation where they were electrocuted. Riots break out in poor areas of Paris followed by other riots and unrest in other poor housing projects in a number of cities in various parts of France. The rioting continued for the next ten days and on 10th November President Jacques Chirac declared a state of emergency effective at midnight. Riots did still continue for the next few days but by late November the rioting had ended with the arrest of more than 2,500 rioters and nearly 8,000 vehicles destroyed during the 20 days of rioting.

27 Oct, 2007 Air France Strike

2007 : A strike by Air France cabin crews over pay and conditions halts long haul flights by Air France with tens of thousands of passengers left stranded.

27 Oct, 2008 US Senator Stevens

October 27th, 2008 : US Alaskan Senator Stevens found guilty of lying about gifts worth $250,000 he received from the oil company Veco.

27 Oct, 2008 United States Child Prostitute Rings

2008 : The FBI working with local law enforcement has arrested 642 in 29 cities in the United States in a crackdown on Child prostitute rings, rescuing 47 children ranging in age from 13 to 17.

27 Oct, 2012 Germany Famous Composer Dies

October 27th, 2012 : Hans Werner Henze, a celebrated composer of the late 20th century, died at the age of eighty-six in Dresden. Henze had been known for his work on operas, ballets, and ten symphonies.

27 Oct, 2013 Singer Lou Reed Dies

2013 : Singer and song-writer Lou Reed died at the aged of seventy-one. Reed was known for fronting the band The Velvet Underground. His death was caused by a liver-related illness. Reed had previously had a liver transplant and was known for heavy alcohol and drug use.

Monday, October 24, 2022

Los Angeles County Covid-19


Los Angeles County Covid-19 Trends October 1st - 24th

                               NEW CASES                  DEATHS                HOSPITALIZATIONS

1ST                        1,243                      12                            494

2ND                          899                       10                            n/a

3RD                          473                         7                            n/a

4TH                        1,133                       12                           508

5TH                        1.058                       10                           501

6TH                        1,822                       12                           516

7TH                        1,366                       11                           500

8TH                        1,274                       12                           480

9TH                           792                       10                           464

10TH                         548                         6                           481

11TH                         462                         4                           487 

12TH                         841                       13                           459

13TH                      1,374                       13                           455

14TH                      1,329                       15                           446

15TH                      1,073                       12                           434

16TH                         459                       10                           414 

17TH                         792                         6                           410

18TH                         806                       14                           403

19TH                         741                       13                           379

20TH                      1,233                       14                           399

21ST                      1,017                       14                           389

22ND                      1,261                       11                           392

23RD                         814                       10                           n/a

24TH                         523                         7                            n/a    

Monday Night in the Blogosphere

 Back in the day, everyone wanted a press man hat

Fight over slain reporter’s files going to Nevada high court - The Associated Press

How NYT grew revenue, by switching strategy from Social to Search - What's New in Publishing

Today in Labor History October 24th


Anthrax at the Post Office

With the completion of the transcontinental telegraph line, the Pony Express was discontinued. The Pony Express consisted of relays of men riding horses carrying saddlebags of mail across a 2,000-mile trail. Eventually, the service had more than 100 stations, 80 riders, and between 400 and 500 horses. The express route was extremely hazardous, but only one mail delivery was ever lost. – 1861
Black and white teamsters, salesmen and packers struck together in New Orleans, paralyzing commerce throughout the city and quickly turning into a General Strike. Workers were fighting for a 10-hour work day, overtime pay, and a preferential union shop (a situation in which the employer goes first to the union when seeking to hire new employees). They were soon joined by non-industrial workers, such as musicians, clothing workers, clerks, utility workers, streetcar drivers and printers. – 1892
The first U.S. federal minimum wage – 25 cents an hour – took effect, thanks to enactment of the Depression-era Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA). The law required an increase to 30 cents an hour one year from this date, and to 40 cents an hour on this date in 1945.  The FLSA also established the 40-hour work week and forbade child labor in factories. – 1938
The AFL-CIO readmitted the Teamsters Union, which had been expelled in 1957. The 35-member executive council of the AFL-CIO voted unanimously to readmit the 1.6-million member Teamsters Union despite the federal investigation into the union’s links to organized crime. – 1987
Other postal workers were also made ill. Letters containing the deadly spores had been addressed to U.S. Senate offices and media outlets. – 2001