9/07/2009

Curious Josh: Labor Day...

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I have a friend whose second son is due this Friday. So, naturally, I've been making jokes about him showing up a little early on Labor Day. Get it? See what I did there. Editor's Note: Hey, I didn't say they were good jokes. And all of my awesome jokes led me to wonder, why do we celebrate Labor Day? Is it just a way to mark the end of summer? Or a way of knowing when to stop wearing white? Nope.

The holiday originated in Canada out of labor disputes ("Nine-Hour Movement") first in Hamilton, then in Toronto, Canada in the 1870s, which resulted in a Trade Union Act which legalized and protected union activity in 1872 in Canada.

The first Labor Day in the United States was celebrated on September 5, 1882 in New York City.[1] In the aftermath of the deaths of a number of workers at the hands of the US military and US Marshals during the 1894 Pullman Strike, President Grover Cleveland put reconciliation with Labor as a top political priority. Fearing further conflict, legislation making Labor Day a national holiday was rushed through Congress unanimously and signed into law a mere six days after the end of the strike.[2] Cleveland was also concerned that aligning a US labor holiday with existing international May Day celebrations would stir up negative emotions linked to the Haymarket Affair.[3] All 50 U.S. states have made Labor Day a state holiday.


Of course, it also marks the beginning of college and pro football. Which means it's awesome in my book. Check out the rest of the article where I got this info here...

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