On May 4th of 1886, 2500 pro-labor supporters gathered in Chicago’s Haymarket Square to voice their support for an eight work day. When the meeting, which was approved by the mayor of Chicago, was nearing an end the protesters were attacked by 176 policemen demanding the crowd to disperse. Then someone, unknown to this day, threw the first dynamite bomb ever used in peacetime history of the United States. The police panicked, and, in the darkness, many shot at their own men. Seven policemen died, only one directly accountable to the bomb, and four protesters were also killed. Eight anarchists were put on trial and found guilty. Four were hanged, one committed suicide while in jail and three were eventually pardoned by Governor John P. Altgeld. International Workers’ Day (also known as May Day), a national holiday in more than 80 countries, is the commemoration of the 1886 Haymarket affair.
“The day will come when our silence will be more powerful than the voice you are throttling today." - August Spies, before his hanging
history meme - [1/10 moments] - The Haymarket Affair - May 4th, 1886