Today in labor history, June 17, 1864: Twenty workers are killed and many others seriously injured in an explosion at the U.S. Arsenal in Washington, D.C. The workers were girls and young women, mostly Irish immigrants, making ammunition for the Union Army. The funeral procession, which included President Abraham Lincoln, stretched for more than a mile. A monument was erected in the Congressional Cemetery, where 17 of the workers were buried.
Bob Dylan’s Tribute To Medgar Evers Took On The Big Picture NPR All Things Considered
On this day 50 years ago — June 12, 1963 — Bob Dylan’s career was just taking off when he heard the news that civil rights activist Medgar Evers had been…
http://flip.it/9DVvH A link to Bob Dylan’s “Only A Pawn In Their Game” performance at the 1963 Newport Festival.
The doughnut, in its rotund, glazed glory, is a recent trend in American sweets (farewell, twee cupcake), but it has a history as ample as its calorie count. Today, we celebrate the seventy-sixth-annual National Doughnut Day.It’s commonly held tha…
Today in labor history, June 9, 1865: Librarian, trade union activist, and writer Helen Marot is born in Philadelphia. Marot’s work investigating child labor in New York led to the enactment of the state’s 1903 Compulsory Education Act. She served as executive secretary of the New York Women’s Trade Union League and was an advocate for children and women workers throughout her life.
“People love chocolate.” Fits on a bumper-sticker.
There’s a way we talk and it includes profanity. We never figured we’d be arrested for it. - Mike “Mike D” Diamond
1985 interview by Rocci Fisch for ABC News Radio
Washington, D.C. Cassette Tape
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In the 1940’s my parents had a dog named Butch (pictured with my oldest brother Pat about 1943). In 1943 they volunteered Butch to the Armed Forces, stationed at Herbert Smith Airport in Macon, Georgia.
While helping my 97 year old mother move recently, I came across Butch’s Honorable Discharge papers, dated April 4, 1944.