Statue of Lenin being removed, Berlin, 1991
President Grover Cleveland finally agreed to formally declare a Labor Day holiday in September after the violent and deadly 1894 Pullman strike in Chicago. Cleveland insisted on a September date rather than May 1st favored by the labor movement. The first day in May was already celebrated around the world as International Workers’ Day, a communist inspired holiday chosen to commemorate the “Antifa” of the era, the labor union anarchists who blew up seven police officers and four civilians in London during the Haymarket Affair of 1886.
The actors, the venues and the costumes change, but there is nothing really new in history. The stupid and violent will always be with us.