Friday, May 13, 2011

On May 13

On this day in ...
... 1926 (85 years ago today), 10 days after it had begun, a general strike by trade unions in England came to an end. The walkout had been called to pressure the British government to improve conditions and avert pay reduction in the country's coal mines. At the start, participants in what was England's 1st -- and would prove its only -- general strike numbered 1.5 million or more. (credit for cover of 1973 history by Margaret Morris) But dwindling numbers and armed government resistance led to the unions' capitulation.

(Prior May 13 posts are here, here, here, and here.)

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