Today in Labor History

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October 17, 1814

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The metal hoops snap on one of the huge porter fermenting vats at the Meux and Company Brewery in London, causing a chain reaction that results in 1,224,000 liters of beer under pressure to smash through the wall of the brewery and out on to the streets.  The brewery was located in a slum where many families were living in basements and eight people drowned in the flood or died from injuries.

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