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Today in labor history: Author Zora Neale Hurston is born

On this day in 1891, Zora Neale Hurston, novelist and folklorist, was born. She is seen as one of the most important black writers in American history.

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Today in labor history: Poet Carl Sandburg is born

On January 6, 1878: Pulitzer Prize-winning poet and author Carl Sandburg was born in Galesburg, Illinois.

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Today in labor history: Petition sent to Congress to end Fugitive Slave Act

On January 2, 1800 the Philadelphia black community petitioned Congress to rescind the Fugitive Slave Act of 1793.

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Today in labor history: The human cost of mining

On December 19, 1907, 239 workers died in a coal mine explosion. This same day in 1984, 27 workers at Wilberg Mine died in Orangeville, Utah.

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Today in labor history: Operation PUSH founded

Eventually the organization was able to expand into areas of social and political development for blacks in Chicago and across the nation.

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Today in labor history: Wright brothers make first flight

At 10:35 a.m. on this day in 1903, Orville Wright flew the Flyer over 120 feet of ground for 12 seconds.

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Today in labor history: Abolitionist William Lloyd Garrison born

William Lloyd Garrison, one of the nation's most outstanding abolitionist leaders, was born Dec. 12, 1805, in Newburyport, Mass.

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Today in labor history: Worst-ever U.S. mine disaster occurs

1907 was a particularly troubling year in West Virginia, during which a total of 3,242 people were killed in mining accidents.

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Today in labor history: Abolitionist John Brown was hanged

On Dec. 2, 1859, abolitionist John Brown was hanged in Charleston, Va., for his leadership of a plot to incite slave rebellion.

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Today in labor history: Workers perform "Pins and Needles" on Broadway

Today in labor history, Nov. 27, 1937, the pro-labor musical revue, "Pins & Needles," opens on Broadway with a cast of International Ladies Garment Workers Union members.

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