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ICYMI: The 8 Small, But Great, Moments of the NBA Finals That’ll Live Forever
More times than not, the one thing we clearly remember about any NBA Finals is the team that won. In the grand scheme of NBA history, this…
By Howard Chai
On This Day: May 18
  • 1781: Tupac Amaru II and Peruvian indigenous leaders who rebelled against Spanish rule are drawn and quartered in Plaza Mayor del Cuzco.
  • 1827: Josiah Warren opened his first Time Store in Cincinnati, Ohio.
  • 1872: Bertrand Russell was born in Trellech, UK. He was a Nobel prize for literature, and was imprisoned during WWI and 1961 for pacifism and protesting in Whitehall.
  • 1895: Augusto Sandino born in Niquinohomo, Nicaragua. He was leader of original Sandinista movement for Nicaraguan independence.
  • 1912: Walter Sisulu born in Ngcobo, South Africa. An anti-apartheid activist and member of the ANC who was jailed at Robben Island, for 25 years.
  • 1917: In the US, the draft was reinstated, both Emma Goldman and Alexander Berkman spoke at a rally opposing the draft.
  • 1917: Amalgamated Meat Cutters and Butcher Workmen start organizing in packinghouses across US.
  • 1920: Ten die when coal company officials in Matewan, West Virginia, try evicting striking union workers from the company’s housing.
  • 1922: In India, Mohandas Gandhi is sentenced to six years in prison for civil disobedience. He would serve only 2 years.
  • 1928: Big Bill Haywood dies in Moscow. He was a founding member and leader of the Industrial Workers of the World (IWW).
  • 1950: Start of 6-month Atlanta transit strike over permit fee and fingerprinting for cab and trolley drivers.
  • 1959: The National Liberation Committee of Côte d'Ivoire is founded.
  • 1966: 10,000 anti-war protesters picket the White House.
  • 1966: 10,000 students rally against the draft at the University of Wisconsin, Madison.
  • 1968: 10,000 march in Madrid in solidarity with the revolt in France. Barricades erected and clashes with police occurred.
  • 1972: Philip Berrigan went to jail for burning draft files.
  • 1972: Margaret (Maggie) Kuhn founds Gray Panthers to advocate for seniors’ rights.
  • 1979: Silkwood vs Kerr-McGee case settled: companies are responsible for damage to health of workers in the nuclear industry.
  • 1980: The Gwangju uprising in Kwangju, South Korea against the regime of the West-backed dictator General Chun Doo-Hwan.
  • 1991: 200,000 involved in violent anti-government protests in South Korea after the fatal beating of a student protester by police.
  • 1993: Copenhagen riots because of Danish exceptions in the Maastricht Treaty referendum. Police open fire and injure eleven demonstrators.
  • 2012: Quebec Student Strike: Bill 78 passed in the National Assembly of Quebec during the early hours of the morning and the municipality of Montreal passed a law prohibiting mask-wearing during any organization or demonstration.

Today in labor history, November 13, 1974: Union activist and whistleblower Karen Silkwood dies under “mysterious circumstances” while en route to a meeting with an Oil, Chemical and Atomic Workers International Union health and safety staffer and a New York Times investigative reporter. She was bringing them documents proving that the company she worked for – Kerr-McGee Nuclear Corporation – had falsified quality control records of nuclear fuel rods.