Today In History- May 4

Today In History- May 4


Haymarket Square Riot: A bomb is thrown at policemen trying to break up a labor rally in Chicago, Illinois.

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Labor rally turns violent at Haymarket Square.

  • Chicago, Illinois

In one of the most violent labor uprisings in history, on May 4, 1886, the Haymarket Square Riot saw protestors fighting policemen over labor disputes.  Workers initially were peaceful, though as police approached, a bomb was thrown at policemen who arrived to break up the demonstration.  Many believe this event to be the influence of International May Day, and represents a dark moment in American labor history.

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