Today in Labor History June 15

Today in Labor History June 15, 1381: The authorities executed rebel leader Wat Tyler (1350-1381), Smithfields, London.  1600s Today in Labor History June 15, 1648: The authorities hanged Margaret Jones in Boston for witchcraft. She was the first woman executed for witchcraft in the Massachusetts Bay Colony. The witch hunt lasted from 1648 to 1693. During that time, they accused over …

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Today in Labor History June 14

Today in Labor History June 14, 1381: Wat Tyler’s Rebellion continued, with peasant rebels easily capturing London Bridge and the Tower of London. In the process, they killed the English Chancellor and Treasurer. Richard II met with the rebels, as depicted in this painting above. Artisans, peasants, village officials burned down jails and court records …

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Today in Labor History June 12

1700s-1800s Today in Labor History June 12, 1798: The United Irishmen fought British forces in the Battle of Ballynahinch during the Irish Rebellion of 1798. The British were pounding the town with cannon fire. Some of the Irish wanted to counterattack at night, when the cannon fire stopped. However, their commander refused, calling it chivalrous. As …

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Today in Labor History June 10

Today in Labor History June 10, 1793: The Jacobins arrested Girondin leaders and took control of the Committee of Public Safety installing the revolutionary dictatorship of the French Revolution. 1800s-1830s Today in Labor History June 10, 1801: Tripoli declared war on the U.S., for refusing to pay tribute to their pirates. As a result, the U.S. attacked, launching the Barbary …

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