Historical Political Events for May 1

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Year Event
1886 On this day, the American Federation of Labor declared a national strike to demand an eight-hour work day and 350,000 workers across the country responded. Within a few days rioting broke out with many deaths and injuries at Haymarket Square in Chicago. "May Day" subsequently was celebrated throughout the world by labor and socialist movements. Of course, "May Day" had already been a day of celebration for the arrival of Spring throughout history. The holiday is largely ignored in the U.S. for political reasons.
1936 John Maynard Keynes publishes his book, The General Theory of Employment, Interest, and Money, this month. His theories became highly influential in government-directed economic actions.
1937 The newest (#3) American "neutrality act" was signed by President Roosevelt (D). (Amends the Joint Resolution of February 29, 1935, supra. [50 Stat. 121.]) [American laws often have titles that are just the opposite of their content, e.g., the PATRIOT act.]
1960 Soviet missiles bring down Gary Powers in his American U-2 spy plane that just happened to be flying over Soviet territory. [Talk about being lost!]
1962 "EDUCATIONAL TELEVISION ACT", P.L. 87-447, is signed into law. Provides funding for the broadcast of culture and a liberal political view to the masses. Unfortunately, does not (yet) require that the masses actually watch it, which they don't in droves.
2003 In a major publicity event, President Bush (R) lands in an S-3B Viking jet on the deck of the aircraft carrier, "Lincoln", 100 miles off the coast of San Diego, California. Bush (R) makes a primetime address, beneath a huge "Mission Accomplished" banner, in which he declares major combat operations in Iraq over. It was not long after that declaration before the body count of American soldiers had doubled. [Probably not emphasized in his Presidential Library]
2005 A secret memo of 23 July 2002, documents (from Times On Line) a meeting, attended by Mr Blair, Mr Straw, Defence Secretary Geoff Hoon and the attorney general of the U.K., in which the planned Iraq invasion is discussed, is exposed by the London Sunday Times on this date. "But the intelligence and facts were being fixed around the policy", it says.
2007 Bush (R) vetoes $124 billion emergency spending bill for the American troops in Iraq and Afganistan because it included a Congressional plan for withdrawal from Iraq. [A very wishy-washy one by the way!]
and . . .
Quote of
the Day
'Forward , the Light Brigade!' - Was there a man dismay'd?
Not tho' the soldier knew - Some one had blunder'd.
Theirs not to make reply, Theirs not to reason why,
Theirs but to do and die,
Into the valleyof Death - Rode the six hundred.

    — Alfred Lord Tennyson, "The Charge of the Light Brigade," 1854
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