Friday, April 28, 2023

Emmett Jaime III - A Celebration of Life


Los Angeles Times Press Room saying farewell to Emmett Jaime

By Ronnie Pineda

GCC/IBT Local 140-N Los Angeles is feeling sad at Los Angeles Times Press Room.

In the 30 years I was employed at the Los Angeles Times, I've had great Superintendents such as Jack Murchison of the Mailroom and Supervisors like Jim Prout & Bob Diggles. They were all hard working Men that taught me to be the same, I thank you all.
Mr. Emmitt Jaime Sr. is, and will always be, one of the greatest examples of what a "TRUE LEADER" should strive to be. Emmitt possessed all of the traits of the men I mentioned previously, and then some.
Emmitt literally taught me how to address everyone in the shop as individuals and recognize their unique characteristics that made us all different, but in a lot of ways, the same, if that makes sense. Whether listening to you or speaking with you, Emmitt gave you his undivided attention and kept his word, his handshake confirmed it.
Emmitt always, I mean always, had the right answer or advice, you could feel the sincerity in his words and honesty when he spoke, plus, I happily remember that it was always with a smile on his face.
Emmitt Jr, your Son, your Legacy, will honor your name and is so much like you that he is proof of the great Parenting he received, Good Job Boss!
Emmitt, you are already missed by so many I'm certain and my gratitude is as you are, ETERNAL. My faith says that I will see you again so if there is a Pressroom in the sky, you best be in charge!
Ronnie Pineda
2nd Color
Los Angeles Pressroom

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Important Events From This day in History April 28th


1947 Peru Kon-Tiki Expedition

1947: A Norwegian expedition including 5 Norwegians and a Swede headed by Thor Heyerdahl set out on the raft The Kon-Tiki from Peru in South America to cross the 4000 miles of Pacific Ocean to prove that the Polynesian Islands were settled in a similar way thousands of years ago, the raft is equipped with a square sail and paddles. Find More What happened in 1947

2008 New Zealand Colossal Squid

2008: A rarely found Colossal Squid 34 feet long, and weighing 1/2 ton squid is being dissected to help understand a little more about rare animal that lives largely in the cold Antarctic waters. The squid is believed to grow up to 50 ft long a similar length to the sperm whale they are believed to tussle with in the depths of the ocean.

1940 USA Glenn Miller Pennsylvania 6-5000

1940: "Pennsylvania 6-5000," by Glenn Miller and his orchestra, was recorded. The song's title refers to the oldest existing New York City phone number at the time belonging to the Hotel Pennsylvania. Many prominent acts played at this venue, including the Dorsey Brothers, Duke Ellington and the Glenn Miller Orchestra as well.

1789 Tahiti Mutiny On The Bounty

1789: Fletcher Christian leads a mutiny against the commanding officer William Bligh aboard the British Royal Navy ship HMS Bounty. Mutineers set Captain Bligh and 18 crew loyal to the captain afloat in a 23-foot open boat. Captain Bligh and his fellow loyal crew made it after a 47-day voyage to Timor in the Dutch East Indies and returned to England and reported the mutiny. The Mutineers eventually settled in Pitcairn Island and Tahiti.

1926 Europe 5,000,000 Unemployed

1926: Unemployment in Europe is at an all time high with over 5,000,000 receiving doles from their governments with over 1 million in Britain and 2 million in Germany, causes are from many things including antiquated equipment, high taxes, and high production costs.

1935 USA 1,200,000 Face Starvation in Illinois

1935: Over 1,200,000 people face starvation in Illinois if the US Federal Government stops providing new deal funding, the reason is that the state must provide $3,000,000 of the $12,000,000 required each month to feed and house the unemployed indigents or the federal government withdraws it's funding and the state does not have the money and is not providing that funding.

1945 Italy Mussolini

1945: Italian partisans executed deposed dictator Benito Mussolini and his mistress, Clara Petacci. Mussolini, who ruled Italy from 1922 to 1943.

1955 Vietnam Nigo Dinh Diem

1955: The American backed premier Nigo Dinh Diem in Vietnam is fighting for survival against rebel forces , the backing of the US is only in expression of support and is not providing military support in any way.

1965 Dominican Republic US Citizens Evacuated

1965: U.S. Marines evacuated American citizens in the Dominican Republic due to the current civil war.

1967 USA Muhammad Ali

1967: Heavyweight boxing champion Muhammad Ali appears for his scheduled induction into the U.S. Armed Forces in Houston, he refused three times to step forward at the call of his name. He is then warned by an officer that failing to answer to his name was a felony punishable by five years in prison and a fine of $10,000. He still refused to budge when his name was called. On the same day, the New York State Athletic Commission suspended his boxing license and stripped him of his title. In 1964 he had failed the U.S. Armed Forces qualifying test because his writing and spelling skills were sub par. However, in early 1966, the tests were revised and Ali was reclassified as 1A. When notified of this status, he declared that he would refuse to serve in the United States Army.

1969 USA All Guns Banned From US Colleges

1969: Following a number of protests and armed students involving guns and weapons in colleges and universities across the US new laws are being sought to ban all guns from college compasses.

1969 France Charles de Gaulle Resigns

1969: The French President, Charles de Gaulle, resigns from President of France after 11 years, following his defeat in a referendum on governmental reforms.

2010 Cape Wind Offshore Wind Farm Approved

2010: The Cape Wind Project an offshore wind farm covering covers 24 square miles and including 130 horizontal-axis wind turbines is approved by United States Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar the wind farm will be on Horseshoe Shoal in Nantucket Sound off Cape Cod in the U.S. state of Massachusetts. The Wind farm is predicted to generate 454 megawatts (enough power for 420,000 homes).

2011 Police Join Protests in Burkina Faso

2011: Police officers in Burkina Faso join protesters over the high cost of living by shooting their guns in the air. Protesters had been gathering in the capital Ouagadougou throughout the previous few weeks, uniting in anger over high food prices and unpaid housing allowances to soldiers.

2012 Chinese Dissident Under US Protection

2012: Blind Chinese dissident Chen Guangcheng was under the protection of the US after escaping house arrest and going to the US embassy according to a ChinaAid, a US-based rights group. Reports out of the country stated that his nephew and brother who had helped him escape were detained by police.

2013 Italy New Government Sworn In

2013: A two-month long political stalemate ended with the swearing-in of Italy's "Grand Coalition" government. Enrico Letta of the Democratic Party became the new Prime Minister and the coalition included members of Berlusconi's People of Freedom party. Outside of the ceremony two police officers were shot by a suspect who admitted to targeting politicians.

2014 Taiwan Anti-Nuclear Protesters Clash With Police

2014: Thousands of protesters clashed with police as they were protesting the construction of a fourth nuclear power plant in Taiwan. The protesters refused the leave the site and were hit with water cannons by police who were trying to get them to disperse.

Today in Labor History April 28th, 2023


181-192 (sources differ) workers died in a coal mine collapse disaster at Eccles, West Virginia. The mine was owned by the Guggenheim family. – 1914
A bomb plot was discovered in which over 30 dynamite bombs were to be sent people “on the anarchists’ enemies list,” including U.S. Attorney General A. Mitchell Palmer, who had been rounding up, imprisoning and deporting anarchists and union activists. Other targets included  J. P. Morgan, John D. Rockefeller, Justice Oliver Wendell Holmes, and Judge Kenesaw Mountain Landis. – 1919
119 died in a Benwood, West Virginia coal mine disaster. – 1924
The United Wallpaper Craftsmen & Workers of North America merged with the Pulp, Sulfite & Paper Mill Workers union. – 1958
The American Federation of Hosiery Workers merged with the Textile Workers Union of America. – 1965
Congress approved the creation of OSHA, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (only to watch idly as it was gutted by Reagan, and again by his successors). The AFL-CIO declared April 28 “Workers Memorial Day” to honor the hundreds of thousands of working people killed and injured on the job every year. – 1970.
The first “Take Our Daughters to Work Day” took place on this day, promoted by the Ms. Foundation. Its purpose was to boost the self-esteem of girls with invitations to a parent’s workplace. – 1993

Thursday, April 27, 2023

Emmett Jaime Obituary, A Former Press Room Supervisor For The Los Angeles Times Has Passed Away

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Emmett Jaime Obituary, Death – At approximately 12:30 in the afternoon, a coworker of mine informed me of the sad news that a former press room supervisor for the Los Angeles Times had passed away. This was a heartbreaking piece of information. This piece of knowledge really blew my mind, and I’m still trying to figure out how to make sense of it all. The realization that I have no power to influence the outcome of the situation has made me feel incredibly despondent and powerless. I am powerless to affect the final result in any way.

At this very moment, I do not have any new details or information that may be available. I apologize for any inconvenience this may cause. I am not familiar with any of those things. I would ask that you kindly accept my heartfelt apologies for any trouble that this may have caused, and I would also like to thank you for your understanding in this matter. When Emmett worked at the newspaper, the people who worked with him felt a great sense of obligation and respect for him. This continued after he left the newspaper. This dedication and regard on Emmett’s part was returned in full measure. They felt a tremendous lot of warmth and appreciation for him amongst themselves.

The level of attention and respect that he had showed for Emmett was reciprocated by Emmett in his treatment of him. They arrived at the decision that he was one of the applicants who, all things considered, has the most qualities possible. Please accept my deepest condolences on behalf of his family as well as all those who had the honor of getting to know and love him. I am very sorry for your loss. I am really sorry for the loss that you have experienced in your life.

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Important Events From This day in History April 27th


1954 USA Movie "White Christmas"

1954: The Movie White Christmas featuring the songs of Irving Berlin, including the Title Song White Christmas, starring Bing Crosby and Danny Kaye, opens at Radio City Music Hall. The original song "White Christmas" was originally heard for the first time in the 1942 film Holiday Inn starring Bing Crosby and Fred Astaire.

1938 US Average Incomes Down Up to 20%

1938: The national average income again dropped in comparison from 10 years ago in 1928 by 7% with some areas of the workforce earning up to 20% less than 10 years ago.

1938 USA Tommy Dorsey

1938: Tommy Dorsey and his orchestra recorded "I Hadn’t Anyone ’til You" with Jack Leonard as vocalist. Tommy Dorsey and his brother became two of the most famous big band leaders of their day and are still the model for many jazz and swing musicians today.

1941 Greece Nazi Occupation

1941: Nazis take and occupy Athens in Greece.

1945 Germany War Entering Final Phase

1945: The war in Europe is entering it's final phase as Russian and American troops join hands at the River Elbe in Germany. Ten Days later on May 7th Germany signs unconditional surrender.

1948 USA Rail Strike

1948: A Major Rail Strike country wide is due to start at midnight with much of the rail network closed down across the US.

1953 USA Executive Order 10450

1953: President Dwight D. Eisenhower signed Executive Order 10450: Hiring and Firing rules for Government Employment. Homosexuality, moral perversion, and communism were categorized as national security threats and could be used as a condition for firing a federal employee and for denying employment to potential applicants.

1958 Stop Nuclear Bomb Testing

1958: Scientists around the world are asking politicians to stop nuclear bomb tests including the Nobel Prize Winner Dr Albert Schweitzer.

1961 Sierra Leone Gains Independence

1961: Sierra Leone in West African gains independence, after more than 150 years of British colonial rule.

1968 Middle East Continued Fighting

1968: More fighting broke out along the Suez Canal and the River Jordan between Israel and Arab Troops with Egyptian and Jordanian and Israel Forces lined up against each other in a tense middle east.

1968 USA War in Vietnam

1968: Many thousands of diversified beliefs protested against the War in Vietnam and many antiwar demonstrators ended up in fights with local police forces around the country who were trying to keep the peace.


1971: Eight members of the Welsh Language Society (the Society wishes to preserve the Welsh Language and part of that was to include all signs in Wales to be bilingual) they are accused of conspiring to damage, remove or destroy English language road signs in Wales.

2011 US President Obama Releases Birth Certificate

2011: President Obama released his long-form birth certificate from the US state of Hawaii in an effort to quell "birther" conspiracy theorists. Obama stated that he hoped the release of this information would put to rest questions of his presidential eligibility and refocus the political debate on important issues.

2012 Romania Government Falls After No Confidence Vote

2012: After only two months of being in office, Romania's government fell due to a no confidence vote and prime minister Mihai Razvan Ungureanu was ousted. The Romanian president, Traian Basecu, then designated Victor Ponta, the opposition leader, as the new prime minister. The no confidence vote came after the opposition seized on public anger over salary cuts and raised taxes.

2014 Two Popes Declared Saints by Vatican

2014: The Vatican has declared Pope John Paul II and Pope John XXIII as saints. This was the first time in history that two popes were canonized at the same time. A crowd of thousands gathered to hear the news.

Today in Labor History April 27th, 2023


Bread and Roses Strike

The first strike for the 10 hour day occurred on this date by Boston carpenters. – 1825
1,450 paroled Union POWs died when the steamer Sultana blew up in the worst shipping disaster in American history. The river steamer Sultana was overloaded. It was equipped with tubular boilers which were not well-suited for use in the muddy waters of the lower Mississippi. The boat blew up and sank near Memphis, Tennessee. Over 2,300 perished in all, many of them emaciated Union soldiers returning north after being released from a Confederate prison camp. – 1865
Congress extended the Chinese Exclusion Act indefinitely (first passed in 1882 and again in 1902), making it unlawful for Chinese laborers to enter the U.S. and denying citizenship to those already here. – 1904
James Oppenheim’s poem Bread and Roses was published in IWW newspaper Industrial Solidarity. – 1946
     As we come marching, marching in the beauty of the day,
     A million darkened kitchens, a thousand mill lofts gray,
     Are touched with all the radiance that a sudden sun discloses,
     For the people hear us singing: “Bread and roses! Bread and roses!”
     As we come marching, marching, we battle too for men,
     For they are women’s children, and we mother them again.
     Our lives shall not be sweated from birth until life closes;
     Hearts starve as well as bodies; give us bread, but give us roses!
     As we come marching, marching, unnumbered women dead
     Go crying through our singing their ancient cry for bread.
     Small art and love and beauty their drudging spirits knew.
     Yes, it is bread we fight for — but we fight for roses, too!
     As we come marching, marching, we bring the greater days.
     The rising of the women means the rising of the race.
     No more the drudge and idler — ten that toil where one reposes,
     But a sharing of life’s glories: Bread and roses! Bread and roses!
President Dwight Eisenhower signed Executive Order 10450: Security Requirements for Government Employment. The order listed “sexual perversion” as a condition for firing a federal employee and for denying employment to potential applicants. – 1953
A concrete cooling tower under construction at a power station at Willow Island, West Virginia, collapsed. All of the 51 construction workers on the scaffolding fell to their deaths. OSHA and the contractor agreed to settle the case for $85,500 (or about $1,700 per dead worker); no criminal charges were ever filed. The final OSHA rule on concrete and masonry construction was not issued for another 10 years and improved scaffolding rules, not until 1990. – 1978
The final strike of the education strike wave of 2018 happened in Colorado. Lasting until May 12th, this strike was not as successful as the previous three, ending with an agreement for a 2% pay raise. Just before the strike, Republican State Senator Bob Gardner introduced a bill that would terminate, fine, and even send to jail, any teacher going on strike. The bill was quickly struck down. – 2018

Wednesday, April 26, 2023

Important Events From This day in History April 26th


1986 Ukraine Chernobyl Nuclear Disaster

1986: An explosion and fire at the No. 4 reactor of Chernobyl nuclear power plant in Ukraine resulted in a nuclear meltdown sending radioactivity into the atmosphere. The Radiation fallout spread throughout Europe The Chernobyl disaster is considered the largest nuclear accident in history. Find More What happened in 1986

1986 United States Schwartzenegger/Shriver Wedding

1986: Schwarzenegger marries television journalist Maria Shriver, niece of President John F. Kennedy, in Hyannis, Massachusetts. On May 9, 2011, Shriver and Schwarzenegger ended their relationship after 25 years of marriage.

1927 Mississippi Flooding

1927: The Mississippi has now made over 150,000 homeless in 1927 due to flooding and in states as far away as Illinois the Government are to blow up dykes to relieve the flooding in New Orleans, this will mean some areas of farmland will be under water and the state troopers are to stop protests by local farmers and enforce the law.

1927 China Attacking Foreign Shipping

1927: Following a series of attacks by China on foreign ships approaching Chinese waters, 3 British warships have attacked and disabled a number of Chinese gun batteries thought to be attacking both British and American shipping in the area.

1928 United States Yo-Yo Factory

1928: Pedro Flores, a Filipino immigrant to the United States, opened the Yo-yo Manufacturing Company in Santa Barbara, California. by November 1929, Flores was operating two additional factories in Los Angeles and Hollywood, which altogether employed 600 workers and produced 300,000 Yo Yo's daily.

1936 U.S.A. Unemployment

1936: 5000 to 7000 unemployed joined in a mass demonstration to pressure legislators to provide a relief program for the many jobless around the country, meanwhile states around the country are blocking entry from those looking for work by placing police patrols on main roads, states including Colorado and California are just two of those pursuing this policy.

1949 Germany Berlin Blockade

1949: Talks were underway to end the blockade imposed by Russia on Berlin with a meeting of Foreign Council Ministers and diplomats , and all are hoping some relief will come for the East-West cold war currently gripping Berlin and the rest of the world.

1954 USA Polio Vaccine

1954: The New Polio Vaccine is given for the first time in a nation-wide polio vaccine test.

1962 Ranger IV Crash Lands On Moon

1962: The first US rocket lands on the moon Ranger IV three years after the first Russian landing of Lunik II in 1959.

1972 USA Anti Vietnam War Protest

1972: Students protesting the continued war in Vietnam protested and caused some damage at Columbia University in New York and the University of Pennsylvania , In many other parts of the country protests were at military installations protesting the War in Vietnam.

1975 Great Britain Vote To Leave The EEC

1975: In the run up to the national referendum on June 5th, the British Labour Party votes by almost 2-1 to leave the European Economic Community. In the national referendum in June British voters back the UK's continued membership of the European Economic Community with just over 67% of voters supporting the campaign to stay in the EEC, or Common Market.

1977 United States Studio 54 Opens

1977: Steve Rubell and Ian Schrager open Studio 54 the world famous New York nightclub, it was renowned for being extremely difficult to get in unless you were famous / well known or considered one of the beautiful people over the years Frequent regulars at Studio 54 included Andy Warhol, Liza Minnelli, Bianca Jagger, Elizabeth Taylor, Mick Jagger, Jerry Hall, Debbie Harry, Grace Jones, Michael Jackson, Calvin Klein, Elton John, Tina Turner, Truman Capote, Freddie Mercury, Tommy Hilfiger, Diana Ross, Al Pacino, Cher, Bruce Jenner, David Bowie, Salvador Dali, John Travolta, Lauren Hutton, Jackie Kennedy Onassis, Geraldo Rivera, Brooke Shields, Ilie Nastase, Cheryl Tiegs. Studio 54 closed with a final party on February 4, 1980.

2005 Syrian Troops Leave Lebanon

2005: Following pressure from the United Nations since the assassination of the Lebanese Prime minister earlier in the year. Syria has announced that all of its military forces have left Lebanon in line with United Nations demands. This ends nearly 30 years of Syrian Troops deployed in Lebanon.

2009 USA Declares Swine Flu Public Health Emergency

2009: Responding to what health officials are fearing is the beginning of a global pandemic, American health officials have declared a public health emergency from the twenty cases of swine flu have been confirmed. Other nations have imposed travel bans or made plans to quarantine air travelers if more cases are confirmed in Mexico. Top flu experts have struggled to predict how dangerous the new A (H1N1) flu strain will be as it is becoming clear that they have received too little information on the Mexico outbreak. They cannot tell whether the virus has mutating into a more lethal strain, or is weakening.

2010 Mexico Upset by Arizona Immigration Law

2010: The President of Mexico, Felipe Calderón, has condemned Arizona's new immigration law, and described it as being discriminatory. The legislation will require Arizona police to question people about their immigration status if they suspect that they are there illegally. Calderón has warned that relations with the border state would suffer as a result. He has said he that would use all means at his disposal to defend the rights of Mexican nationals.

2011 Ukraine Remembers Chernobyl Anniversary

2011: Ukraine held a memorial ceremony to remember the 25th anniversary of the world's worst nuclear accident, the explosion of the Chernobyl power plant. The Ukrainian and Russian presidents attended the ceremony at the site of the incident. The 1986 explosion and resulting radioactive gas sent across Europe made many people ill as well as causing thousands of injuries and deaths. The area is still uninhabitable by humans and there is nearly a twenty mile exclusion zone around the site.

2012 Syria Explosion in Hama Kills 70

2012: Syrian activists declared that over seventy people were killed after several houses were destroyed by a large explosion in Hama. The official state media said that only sixteen people had been killed and that the blast was in a house that had been used as a bomb factory by terrorist groups. Activists believed the explosion was a result of government shelling or a Scud missile attack.

2013 United States Singer George Jones Dies

2013: Country singer George Jones died at the age of eighty-one. Jones had several hit songs between the 1950s and 1990s and was known for being married to Tammy Wynette and struggling with drugs and alcohol.

2014 US President Obama Visits Malaysia

2014: US President Barack Obama began his visit to Malaysia, becoming the first US leader to do so since 1966. Malaysia was the third stop on the president's four-nation tour of Asia, following Japan and South Korea and preceding the Philippines. The United States had been seeking closer trade ties with the formerly hostile country in order to weaken China's influence on the region.

Today in Labor History April 26th, 2023


Child Labor in the coal mines

The Anti-Coolie Act of April 26th, 1862 was passed. It was titled “An Act to Protect Free White Labor.” The law was one of a series of xenophobic laws enacted specifically to block the immigration of Chinese to the U.S., particularly in California. – 1862

The U.S. Congress continued its xenophobic and racist practices by passing the second Chinese Exclusion Act, barring Chinese laborers from entering the U.S. for the next 10 years and denying citizenship to the Chinese already here. In 1904 the act was extended indefinitely. – 1902
The U.S. House of Representatives passed House Joint Resolution No. 184, a constitutional amendment to prohibit the labor of persons under 18 years of age. The Senate approved the measure a few weeks later, but it was never ratified by the states and is still technically pending, not having been ratified by the requisite three-quarters of the states. – 1924
After management at Montgomery Ward repeatedly refused to comply with an order by the National War Labor Board (created to avert strikes in critical war-support industries) to recognize the workers’ union and abide by the collective bargaining agreement that the board worked out, President Franklin Roosevelt ordered the Army National Guard to seize the company’s property in Chicago and remove its chairman, Sewell Avery. – 1944
60,000 people marched on Washington, D.C., demanding jobs for all Americans. Angry people rushed the stage, which included mainstream politicians like Hubert Humphrey, and caused the rally to be shut down prematurely. – 1975
As the U.S. car industry tanked, the UAW agreed to concessions with Chrysler Corporation in return for a 55 percent stake in the company. The union then sold the shares to fund a trust that took over retiree health care costs. – 2009
Twenty thousand teachers walked out of Arizona schools to protest low pay and cuts to school funding. This was the third major education strike in a predominantly Republican state in 2018. By May 3rd, teachers had won another strike. While not getting everything they wanted, they went back to classes with a 19% raise over the next three years. – 2018

Tuesday, April 25, 2023

Emmett Jaime Rest in Peace

Learned of the sad news that former Los Angeles Times press room supervisor passed away yesterday about 12:30 P.M. I have no further information at this time. Emmett was well liked and respected by his colleague's at the newspaper. Condolences to his family. 

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Important Events From This day in History April 25th


1953 England DNA The "Secret Of Life"

1953: Two Cambridge University scientists "James D Watson and Francis Crick" publish an article in Nature Magazine explaining the structure of DNA and that DNA is the material that makes up genes which pass hereditary characteristics in all life from one parent to another. They conclude that it consists of a double helix of two strands coiled around each other and could even be considered the "secret of life". Find More What happened in 1953

2003 Human Genome Project

2003: The Human Genome Project to determine the sequence of chemical base pairs which make up DNA of the human genome consisting of 20,000-25,000 genes started in 1990 is published. The project started in the US with James D. Watson who was head of the National Center for Human Genome Research at the National Institutes of Health but over the next 10 years geneticists in China, France, Germany, Japan, and the United Kingdom all worked together on the project helping the project end two years earlier than planned. One of the most important aspects of this research is it available to available to anyone on the Internet and not owned or controlled by any one company or government.

1956 Elvis Presley "Heartbreak Hotel"

1956: Elvis Presley has his first number one on the Billboard Pop Singles Chart with "Heartbreak Hotel" staying number one for 8 weeks.

1923 Britain Royal Wedding

1923: The wedding of Albert Duke of York to Lady Elizabeth Rowes-Lyon in Westminster Abbey attracted large throngs of people to watch the pomp and ceremony associated with royal weddings.

1933 Diphtheria Inoculation

1933: Following the tests around the western world the inoculation in the fight against diphtheria is started with pre-school children and will include all children of school age.

1935 USA State Capitol Building Fire Oregon

1935: An immense fire ruined Oregon's state capitol building in Salem.

1954 Vietnam French Bombers

1954: French Fighters and Bombers with American supplied Corvairs had the heaviest air strikes so far in the Indochinese war against communist Vietnam troops dropping hundreds of tons in bombs.

1955 Canada St. Lawrence Seaway

1955: The St. Lawrence Seaway opened to ocean vessels seeking passage from Montreal to ports in the USA on the Great Lakes.

1960 Iran Earthquake

1960: A large earthquake has flattened the city of Lar in Iran with an estimated 400 deaths and another 450 seriously wounded.

1971 China United Nations

1971: The inclusion of China in the United Nations is urged by all sides due to it's growth and importance as a world power.

1974 Portugal Bloodless Coup

1974: A bloodless Military coup led by General Antonio de Spinola, in Portugal ends nearly 50 years of dictatorship. The Prime Minister, Dr Marcello Caetano has surrendered to General Antonio de Spinola and fled to the Portuguese island of Madeira.

1980 Canary Islands Plane Crash

1980: A Dan-Air Boeing 727 crashes into the side of a mountain due to foggy conditions and confusion between air traffic controllers and the ships captain. The aircraft was carrying British tourists to the Canary Islands and all 146 people were killed on impact.

2010 100,000 people rally against the U.S. base in Okinawa

2010: Nearly 100,000 people have attended a rally on the Japanese island of Okinawa. They are demanding that its U.S. base be moved off of the island. Under a 2006 agreement with the U.S., the Marines' Futenma base was to be moved from its center to the coast. Demonstrators want the Prime Minister, Yukio Hatoyama, to stick to his election pledge and remove it. Questions on the base have been undermining relations between his government and the U.S.

2011 Boat Capsizes on Lake Kivu

2011: A ferry carrying around one hundred passengers across Lake Kivu to the city of Bukavu in the Democratic Republic of Congo capsized after facing strong winds. At least thirty eight people were dead as a result of the incident, with at least another fifty people missing, and only eleven known survivors. A recovery effort was being made by a Red Cross rescue crew, but a local Red Cross official announced they would only continue rescue operations until the next morning.

2012 Pakistan Tests Nuclear Capable Ballistic Missile

2012: Pakistan has tested the Shaheen 1-A, an intermediate-range missile that would be capable of carrying a nuclear warhead, less than a week after India tested a long-range missile. The missile had a likely range of 1,550 miles to 1,850 miles. The military said the test was successful and it hit its target in the Indian Ocean.

2013 US Lifts Boeing 787 Ban

2013: The United States has lifted its ban on the Boeing 787 "Dreamliner" airplane after Boeing made improvements to the plane and regulators gave the plane a formal "air-worthy" approval. All 787s had been grounded in January over safety concerns.

2014 Portugal Democracy Anniversary Overshadowed by Protests

2014: Portugal celebrated forty years of democracy after one of Europe's longest dictatorships was overthrown during the Carnation Revolution in 1974. The celebrations were overshadowed by protests over severe European Union austerity measures that had been placed on the country since its 2011 bailout. Leaders of the 1974 democratic revolution joined in the protests.

Today in Labor History April 25th, 2023


Reverend Ralph David Abernathy

The New York Times declared the struggle for an eight-hour workday to be “un-American” and called public demonstrations for the shorter hours “labor disturbances brought about by foreigners.” Other publications declared that an eight-hour workday day would bring about “loafing and gambling, rioting, debauchery and drunkenness”. – 1886
IWW Marine Transport Workers began a West Coast strike. – 1923
The founding conference of the United Nations began in San Francisco, California. – 1945
The Reverend Ralph David Abernathy and 100 others were arrested while picketing a Charleston, South Carolina hospital in a demand for union recognition. – 1969
The Supreme Court ruled that employers may not require female employees to make larger contributions to pension plans in order to obtain the same monthly benefits as men. – 1978
Over one million marched in Washington, D.C. for gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender rights. – 1993

Monday, April 24, 2023

Newspaper releases full audio of alleged conversation made by Oklahoma officials

Earlier this week, a newspaper released portions of disturbing and racist audio recordings of comments allegedly made by an Oklahoma sheriff and three county officials. NBC’s Steven Romo has more on how the newspaper recently publicly released the entire recording that includes even more threats.

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Important Events From This day in History April 24th


1980 US Embassy Hostage Crisis

1980: The mission to rescue the 52 hostages from the US embassy in Iran (Operation Eagle Claw) was aborted due to equipment failure. The Iranian foreign minister warned that any attempt by the US would be considered an act of War. Eight US Servicemen lost their lives in the aborted attempt. The hostages were held for 444 days from November 4, 1979 to January 20, 1981, after a group of students took over the American embassy in support of Iran's revolution. The crisis ended after The Algiers Accords are agreed on January 19, 1981 brokered by the Algerian government between the USA and Iran to resolve the situation. The Algiers Accords consisted of a number of stipulations which both parties agreed to including:

  1. The US would not intervene in Iranian internal affairs.
  2. The US would remove a freeze on Iranian assets and trade sanctions on Iran.
  3. Both countries would end litigation between their respective governments and citizens referring them to international arbitration, namely the Iran-United States Claims Tribunal.
  4. The US would ensure that US court decisions regarding the transfer of any property of the former Shah would be independent from "sovereign immunity principles" and would be enforced.
  5. Iranian debts to US institutions would be paid.

1990 USA Hubble Space Telescope

1990: The Space Shuttle Discovery launched the Hubble Space Telescope into orbit. It is hoped that the Telescope will be able to see up to the edge of the known universe. Although Hubble had some problems in the beginning with the original mirror design after repairs consisting of a series of corrective mirrors which are carried out in space, Hubble has sent back a series of stunning photographs of deep space, and revolutionized thinking about the universe.

1800 USA Library of Congress

1800: The Library of Congress (the research library of the United States Congress) was established on This Day 1800 when then President John Adams signed an Act of Congress providing for the transfer of the seat of government from Philadelphia to the new capital city of Washington.

1898 Cuba Spain / America War

1898: Spain declares war on the United States after rejecting America's ultimatum to withdraw from Cuba.

1916 Ireland Easter Uprising

1916: The Easter uprising begins when some 1,600 militant Irish republicans who are members of the Irish Republican Brotherhood seize several key sites in Dublin hoping to win independence from British rule. British forces suppressed the uprising after six days, and its leaders were court-martialed and executed.

1920 Mexico Pancho Villa

1920: The rebels in Mexico led by Pancho Villa are to launch a major drive against federal forces and are continuing to gain ground.

1924 USA Governor of Indiana

1924: The Governor of Indiana Warren G. McCray has resigned after being found guilty of mail fraud . His sentence will be announced tomorrow and his time will be served at Atlanta Federal Penitentiary.

1936 USA Benny Goodman

1936: Benny Goodman and his trio recorded "China Boy." Benny Goodman was one of the most prominent jazz and big band musicians of his day, often being referred to as the "King of Swing," "The Professor" and "Swing's Senior Statesman."

1947 Germany Future of Berlin

1947: The four major powers Britain, France, Russia and The United States met in Berlin to discuss the Austrian treaty for Berlin but no agreement was reached for the future of Berlin.

1951 USA Korean War Drafts

1951: The US Army plans to cut it's draft call for the Korean war to 20,000 in June and to bring home 20,000 Korean Veterans.

1954 Kenya Mau Mau Rebels Rounded Up

1954: British Security forces round up more than 10,000 men suspected of being Mau Mau rebels who are part a guerrilla movement opposed to white settlers in the East African colony. The round up has come following a breakdown in law and order and a state of emergency which has been declared in Kenya.

1961 France Charles de Gaulle

1961: In France the backing for Charles de Gaulle continues to grow and he is now backed by the Army, Air Force and the people of France, the world waits to see if an all out civil war occurs in France and the Eiffel Tower was blacked out in Paris.

2008 UK Banks Lose Test Case

2008: UK Banks Lose Test Case over unreasonable overdraft charges, the ruling by Mr Justice Andrew Smith in the case bought by the OFT over what a fair charge should be for unauthorized overdrafts leaves the door open for thousands of cases currently going through the courts. Since 2006 hundreds of thousands of customers have already claimed hundreds of millions of pounds from their banks, arguing the charges for overdrafts and bounced cheques were unreasonable and unfair.

2008 Somalia Pirates

2008: The problem of Somalia Pirates on the coast of Africa continues to worsen with more tankers being boarded by pirates who then use the Somalia territorial waters to make good their escape. A new UN Security Council resolution sponsored by France and the US will authorize countries to chase and seize pirates when they flee into territorial waters.

2008 Snipes Sentenced to Jail

2008: Wesley Snipes has been sentenced in Florida on tax evasion charges. A jury had found him guilty in February, and he has been awarded thirty-six months in federal prison. Snipes's lawyers had called for leniency, arguing that the offences were misdemeanors and that the star was of good character. But prosecutors said an example should be set because of Snipes's fame. The jury had found Snipes guilty of deliberately failing to file tax returns for 1999, 2000 and 2001, but cleared him of the more serious fraud and conspiracy charges.

2012 First Criminal Charges Filed Against BP Oil Spill

2012: The US Justice Department filed criminal charges against former BP engineer Kurt Mix, who was arrested, for intentionally destroying evidence. The arrest marked the first criminal charges filed against anyone involved with the Deepwater Horizon oil spill since the spill happened in 2010. Kurt Mix had been accused of deleting text messages that contained details on the progress of trying to cap the spill.

2013 Bangladesh Building Collapse in Dhaka Kills Many

2013: Over one-thousand people were killed and more than 2,500 people were injured as a result of the Rana Plaza building collapse in Dhaka, Bangladesh. Several factories were housed in the complex where cracks had been found previously. Despite the construction code violations apparent in the building, owners had told workers not to worry about it and continue work as normal.

2014 UK Minority Status Given to Cornish People

2014: Cornish people in the United Kingdom were granted a minority status under the rules for protection of national minorities in Europe. This meant that the people of Cornwall would be listed along with Irish, Welsh, and Scottish people as recognized minority communities in the United Kingdom.