On April 8, 1935, with the nation in the depths of the Depression, Congress voted to approve the Works Progress Administration.
On this day in 1989, the United Mine Workers began their historic strike against Pittston Coal.
An assassin's bullet felled the Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr. on April 4, 1968. King had come to Memphis to support a strike by the city's sanitation workers.
Striking silk mill workers in Paterson, New Jersey were increasingly at odds with police, who repeatedly crushed their efforts to hold rallies.
Hundreds of workers seeking higher pay and a nine-hour day gathered in the street near the Draper Corp. loom-making plant.