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On This Day: April 25
  • 1849: Rioters burn down the Parliament Buildings in Montreal in protest of the Rebellion Losses Bill.
  • 1886: NY Times declares fight for 8hr workday “un-American” while other papers said it would induce “loafing and gambling”.
  • 1892: The trial of Ravachol began.
  • 1916: During the Easter Uprising, the UK government declares martial law in Ireland.
  • 1937: Emma Goldman organized a benefit concert for refugees of the Spanish Civil War, featuring Paul Robeson as a performer.
  • 1940: Québec women win right to vote and run for office after church drops opposition,
  • 1945: Nazi occupation army surrenders and leaves Northern Italy after a general partisan insurrection by the Italian anti-fascist resistance.
  • 1969: Activist students takeover Merrill House at Colgate University demanding Afro-American studies programs.
  • 1969: Reverend Ralph David Abernathy and 100 others arrested picketing a hospital to support unionization by its workers in Charleston, SC.
  • 1974: The Portuguese or Carnation Revolution started against the fascist Estado Novo as Movimento das Forças Armadas revolts.
  • 1993: March on Washington for Lesbian, Gay and Bi Equal Rights and Liberation. Organizers estimated 1,000,000 attended and the D.C. Police Department put the number between 800,000 and more than 1 million, but the National Park Service estimated attendance at 300,000.

‘The Big 3’ founders of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference (SCLC), Martin Luther King, Jr., Fred Shuttlesworth, and Ralph David Abernathy.

Shuttlesworth passed away October 5, 2011. The long time civil rights leader was the last of a generation. He’s well known as the leader of the Birmingham Campaign in the Summer of 1963, the images from which (students and marchers mowed down by fire hoses and attack dogs) brought the cause of freedom for many Americans into living rooms in the U.S. and newspapers around the world.