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Today in labor history: Ford goes to revolutionary Russia

On May 30, 1929, the Ford Motor Company signed a technical assistance contract to produce cars in the newly industrializing Soviet Union.

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Today in labor history: Musician Bob Dylan is born

Songs like "Blowin' in the Wind," and "The Times, They Are a-Changin'" became powerful anthems of the social struggles and anti-war sentiment of Dylan's era.

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Today in labor history: Tom Petty defies record label profiteering

It was today in 1979 when rock star Tom Petty filed for bankruptcy, thereby challenging his record label, MCA, and the practice of what some would call indentured servitude.

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Today in labor history: Homestead Act signed, for good and bad

President Lincoln signed the Homestead Act. It was a freedom opportunity for many, but also resulted in massive displacement of Native Americans.

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Today in labor history: Supreme Court rules on Brown v. Board of Education

On this day in 1954, the Supreme Court ruled in Brown v. Board of Education that segregated schools were unconstitutional.

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Today in labor history: Western Federation of Miners founded

"The mine owners did not find the gold, they did not mine the gold, they did not mill the gold, but by some weird alchemy, all the gold belonged to them!"

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Today in labor history: Labor of thousands completes first transcontinental railroad

Thanks to an army of thousands of Chinese and Irish immigrants, who laid 2,000 miles of track, the nation's first transcontinental railway line was finished.

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Today in labor history: Big Bill Haywood tried for murder

On this day in 1907, union organizer Big Bill Haywood went on trial accused of an explosion that resulted in the death of Frank Steunenberg.

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Today in labor history: Russian composer Tchaikovsky born

His works are still appreciated today, and he is seen by many critics as having transcended the cliches of the Russian classical music of his time.

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Today in labor history: Chicago Haymarket affair

Probably no single event has influenced the history of labor in the United States, and even the world, more than the Chicago Haymarket affair.