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November 11, 1887

But, if you think that by hanging us, you can stamp out the labor movement - the movement from which the downtrodden millions, the millions who toil and live in want and misery - the wage slaves - expect salvation - if this is your opin (1)Albert Parsons, August Spies, George Engel, and Adolph Fischer, framed for the Haymarket bombing in Chicago, are executed. Spies’ last words — “The day will come when our silence will be more powerful than the voices you are throttling today” — are engraved on the Haymarket Martyrs’ Monument in Chicago’s Forest Home Cemetery.

August 15, 1845

solidarity-of-labourEnglish artist and book illustrator Walter Crane is born in Liverpool. He was part of the Art Workers Guild, which promoted the unity of all of the arts. Following the Haymarket bombing, Crane made multiple trips to the U.S., where he spoke in defense of the men accused of the bombing.

June 25, 1893

June 25The Haymarket Martyrs Monument is dedicated at Forest Home Cemetery in Forest Park, Illinois, to honor those framed and executed for the bombing at Chicago’s Haymarket Square on May 4, 1886. More than 8,000 people attended the dedication ceremony. At the base of the monument are the last words of Haymarket martyr August Spies: “The day will come when our silence will be more powerful than the voices you are throttling today.”

May 1, 2015

may dayHappy International Workers’ Day! May Day is celebrated around the world as a day of international working class solidarity and is a national public holiday in more than 80 countries. The date was chosen by the Socialist International Congress (the Second International) in 1889 to commemorate the Haymarket incident in Chicago.

May 1, 2014

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Happy International Workers’ Day! May Day is celebrated around the world as a day of international working class solidarity and is a national public holiday in more than 80 countries. The date was chosen by the Socialist International Congress (the Second International) in 1889 to commemorate the Haymarket incident in Chicago.

March 14, 1915

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English artist and book illustrator Walter Crane dies. He was part of the Art Workers Guild, which promoted the unity of all of the arts. Following the Haymarket bombing, Crane made multiple trips to the U.S., where he spoke in defense of the men accused of the bombing.

May 4, 1886

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Workers rally in Chicago’s Haymarket Square to protest the police shootings of striking workers outside Chicago’s McCormick plant the previous day. As the police moved in to disperse the crowd, a bomb was thrown and in the ensuing chaos, an undetermined number of people were killed and injured. Despite any credible evidence linking them to the bombing, eight anarchists and labor activists were convicted of murder; four of them were executed.

April 25, 1886

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The New York Times declares the struggle for an eight-hour workday to be “un-American” and calls public demonstrations for the shorter hours “labor disturbances brought about by foreigners.” (Photo: Inaccurate drawing by Thure de Thulstrup, May 15, 1886, Harper’s Weekly, depicting what happened in Chicago’s Haymarket Square earlier that month).

November 11, 1887

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Albert Parsons, August Spies, George Engel, and Adolph Fischer, framed for the Haymarket bombing in Chicago, are executed.  Spies’ last words — “The day will come when our silence will be more powerful than the voices you are throttling today” — are engraved on the Haymarket Martyrs’ Monument in Chicago’s Forest Home Cemetery.

May 4, 1886

ImageWorkers rally in Chicago’s Haymarket Square to protest the police shootings of striking workers outside Chicago’s McCormick plant the previous day.  As the police moved in to disperse the crowd, a bomb was thrown and in the ensuing chaos, an undetermined number of people were killed and injured.  Despite any credible evidence linking them to the bombing, eight anarchists and labor activists were convicted of murder; four of them were executed.

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