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February 18, 1906

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Labor leader Peter J. McGuire dies. McGuire co-founded the United Brotherhood of Carpenters and Joiners of America and was credited by AFL President Samuel Gompers as being the “Father of Labor Day.” At an 1882 meeting of the New York Central Labor Union, McGuire introduced a resolution calling for workers to lead a “festive parade through the city” on the first Monday in September. More than 30,000 people participated in the event.

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