Friday, July 22, 2005
On this day:
- In 1886, in San Francisco, a brewery workers' union which had formed among mostly socialist German workers to resist the prevailing 16-18 hour workday, won its battle. Breweries gave in to union demands for free beer, the closed shop, freedom to live anywhere for brewery workers (who had, until now, typically lived in the brewery itself), a 10-hour day, six-day week, & a board of arbitration.
- In 1918 lightning killed 504 sheep in Utah's Wasatch National Park.
- In 1967, poet & socialist Carl Sandburg, 89, dies, Flat Rock, North Carolina; and Jimi Hendrix quits as The Monkees' opening act(!).
- In 1979 Little Richard speaks at a revival meeting in North Richmond, California. He warns the congregation about the evils of rock & roll music & declares, "If God can save an old homosexual like me, he can save anybody."
All from the excellent Daily Bleed, "A calendar of events your mom & pop forgot to tell you about..."