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On This Day: June 19

Juneteenth

  • 1862: U.S. Congress prohibits slavery in United States territories.
  • 1865: Juneteenth: The day that slaves in Texas & Louisiana learned they’d been freed.
  • 1886: Trial of eight anarchists for the Haymarket bombing begins in Chicago.
  • 1896: Anarchist José Domingo Gómez Rojas was born in Santiago, Chile. He was a poet and a member of the Federación Obrera de Chile (Workers’ Federation of Chile) and the Chilean IWW.
  • 1902: Silk workers striking in Paterson, NJ, over wages & working conditions escalates into a riot.
  • 1911: Federales and Maderistas retake Mexicali, Baja California from anarchist rebels led by Ricardo Flores Magón.
  • 1914: Anarchsit Luísa Adão was born.
  • 1924: First ever Canadian postal workers’ strike.
  • 1934: Sit-down strike by workers at General Tire Co in Akron, Ohio.
  • 1937: Women’s Day Massacre: During the Great Ohio Steel Strike in Youngstown, Ohio, police attack the picketline which was filled with strikers and their families. Sixteen are killed.
  • 1938: RCMP & Vancouver police tear gas & club Relief Project Workers Union strikers’ protest.
  • 1945: Burmese opposition leader and democracy campaigner Aung San Suu Kyi. born in Yangon, Myanmar (Burma.
  • 1953: Black community of Baton Rouge begins bus boycott.
  • 1953: Four-day general strike by International Longshore and Warehouse Union protesting convictions of Hawaii Seven under Anti-communist Smith Act.
  • 1968: “Solidarity Day” protest at Resurrection City draws 55,000 participants.
  • 1969: Protests during inauguration of Richard Nixon.
  • 1981: Ukrainian anarchist Senya Fleshin dies in Mexico City.
  • 1981: Soldiers kill 200 Mayans in Coy, Huehuetenango, Guatemala.
  • 1982: Operation Homecoming: 800-1,000 landowners re-occupied their home islands on Kwajalein, Roi-Namur, and the islands of the Mid-Corridor group in the Marshall Islands. Police arrested about 15 people but the arrests did not discourage others.
  • 1985: Gunmen fire on US military & businessmen in San Salvador because of “the interventionist policy carried out by President Reagan”.
  • 1991: Tanong Po-arn, Thai trade union leader campaigning for national social security disappears after military coup. He is never found.
  • 1996: Kia workers strike over wages, shutting down much of South Korea’s auto industry.
  • 1997: Cops raid anarchist centers and homes across Italy. The Italian Anarchist Federation denounced the raids as a thinly veiled attempt to intimidate and criminalize the movement.
  • 2002: Navleen Kumar murdered in Mumbai. He was a human rights activist in Maharashtra state, India.
  • 2009: Mass riots involving over 10,000 people occur in Shishou, China over corruption in city officials.