May Day became an international workers day to remember the sacrifice of the anarchists. They were framed on false charges of throwing a bomb at police breaking up a demonstration in Chicago. This was part of a strike demanding an 8 hour day involving 400,000 workers in Chicago that started May 1st 1886 .
In 1887, four Chicago anarchists were executed; a fifth cheated the hangman by killing himself in prison. Three more were to spend 6 years in prison until pardoned by Governor Altgeld.
Originally a pagan holiday, the roots of the modern May Day bank holiday are in the fight for the eight-hour working day in Chicago in 1886, and the subsequent execution of innocent anarchist workers.
May Day, or International Workers Day, is a day held in commemoration of four anarchists executed for struggling for an 8-hour day.
The history of the 1st May is quite long and that’s why we prefer not to tell it and to go on to these fantastic cards that will allow you to wish your friends a happy day.
In 1886 many took part in a strike hold on May 1. In Chicago, clashes between workers and police were particularly bloody and lasted four days.
In 1886 the union with more force at the time decided that the maximum working time would be 8 hours and threatened their employer with a strike if he did not agree to their request.
Until 1886, the only limitations as regards work that a person could not work more than 18 hours without cause. The penalty for doing so was $ 25.
To find out the origins of Labor Day we must go back to 1886, to the United States. By then, workers had started a struggle for a working day of eight hours. The philosophy was: 8 hours work, 8 sleeping and 8 for the house.
Most workers know that May 1 is a festive day. Then, Labor Day is celebrated, which is perhaps not so well known is the bloody history hidden that lies behind this date.