Today in Labor History – December 24th

Calumet Massacre

Calumet Massacre

Seventy-four people in Calumet, Michigan, died in what became known as the “Calumet Massacre.” About 500 youngsters and their parents had been taking part in a Christmas party for the children of striking copper miners when someone yelled “Fire!”. Within minutes, although there was no fire, dozens were trapped in a stairwell and trampled. The person who yelled was never identified, although many strikers said they thought it was a company guard. The copper strike dragged on until April 1914, but by then many of the strikers had left Calumet, forever touched by the Christmas party disaster. – 1913

Someone yelled Fire in a crowded Christmas party for the children of striking copper miners. 74 people died in what was called the Calumet Massacre Click To Tweet

On Christmas Eve, 50 policemen beat up 150 strikers on the Houston dock – 1936

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