Shoring up support

Monday, September 4th, 2017

I’ve always found Labor Day a bit abstruse:

Following the deaths of workers at the hands of United States Army and United States Marshals Service during the Pullman Strike of 1894, the United States Congress unanimously voted to approve legislation to make Labor Day a national holiday and President Grover Cleveland signed it into law six days after the end of the strike. Cleveland supported the creation of the national holiday in an attempt to shore up support among trade unions following the Pullman Strike.

The date of May 1 (an ancient European holiday known as May Day) was an alternative date, celebrated then (and now) as International Workers Day, but President Cleveland was concerned that observance of Labor Day on May 1 would encourage Haymarket-style protests and would strengthen socialist and anarchist movements that, though distinct from one another, had rallied to commemorate the Haymarket Affair in International Workers’ Day.


  1. Slovenian Guest says:

    I think it will be moved to May 1st automatically when you finally adopt the metric system. Only racists use imperial units! I know I’m triggered by pints.

  2. Thales says:

    Funny, pints usually make blokes relax…

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