Today in Labor History – June 14th


In West Virginia, which was under martial law due to ongoing violence between miners and thugs hired by the mining companies, state police and vigilantes raided the Lick Creek tent colony. 47 strikers were arrested. Within a few months, much of Southwestern West Virginia would be engaged in the largest civil uprising in US history, as 10,000-15,000 coal miners battled cops and scabs. – 1921

In San Pedro, California, the Ku Klux Klan attacked members of the Industrial Workers of the World at the IWW’s meeting hall during a benefit for the families of two workers killed in a railroad accident. The KKK beat many of the 300 members. They kidnapped, tarred, and feathered others, scalded two children by burning them with a pot of coffee, and destroyed everything inside the building. – 1924

UNIVAC I, the first commercial computer, was installed at the U.S. Census Bureau. – 1951

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