Today in labor history, March 3, 1985: A Special Delegate Conference of the National Union of Mineworkers in Great Britain votes 98-91 to return to work after the nearly year-long miners’ strike over the announced closure of twenty mines and the loss of 20,000 jobs. Soon after the strike ended, the Thatcher government’s program of “accelerated closure” was put into practice.

Today in labor history, February 21, 1919: Several weeks after eight workers at a hydroelectric plant in Barcelona, Spain, are fired for political reasons, 100,000 workers are involved in the Confederacion National del Trabajo (CNT)-led general strike that follows. Efforts to break the strike were unsuccessful and the CNT’s demands were met, including the eight-hour day, union recognition, the reinstatement of all fired workers, and wage increases in some industries.

Edmund Delaney, a Kentucky slave who served in Co E, 117th USCT and fought both for his own freedom and that of others. His owner filed a claim for compensation from the US govt. “Starting in October 1863, a slave owner could offer his slave for enlistment in military service and be entitled to compensation up to $300 upon filing a valid deed of manumission and release, and making satisfactory proof of title.” Source.