The Haymarket affair is generally considered significant as the origin of international May Day observances for workers.

The Haymarket affair is generally considered significant as the origin of international May Day observances for workers.

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The Haymarket affair (also the Haymarket massacre or Haymarket riot) refers to the aftermath of a bombing that took place at a labor demonstration on Tuesday May 4, 1886, at Haymarket Square in Chicago. It began as a peaceful rally in support of workers striking for an eight-hour day. An unknown person threw a dynamite bomb at police as they acted to disperse the public meeting. The bomb blast and ensuing gunfire resulted in the deaths of seven police officers and at least four civilians.

The Haymarket affair (also the Haymarket massacre or Haymarket riot) refers to the aftermath of a bombing that took place at a labor demonstration on Tuesday May 4, 1886, at Haymarket Square in Chicago. It began as a peaceful rally in support of workers striking for an eight-hour day. An unknown person threw a dynamite bomb at police as they acted to disperse the public meeting. The bomb blast and ensuing gunfire resulted in the deaths of seven police officers and at least four civilians.

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It's not just #StarWarsDay every May 4. This year, it's the 127th anniversary of The Haymarket Affair #Chicago

It's not just #StarWarsDay every May 4. This year, it's the 127th anniversary of The Haymarket Affair #Chicago

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Haymarket affair - A map of the bombing published by the Chicago Tribune on May 5, 1886.

Haymarket affair - A map of the bombing published by the Chicago Tribune on May 5, 1886.

Featuring five famous trials, this book examines the way our right to a fair trial can be threatened, when people are tempted to abandon their principles in the name of safety. Trials included are the Salem Witch Trials, the Haymarket Affair Trial, the Scopes “Monkey” Trial, the trial of Alger Hiss, and the trial of Zacarias Moussaoui—the latter not yet covered extensively in any book.

Featuring five famous trials, this book examines the way our right to a fair trial can be threatened, when people are tempted to abandon their principles in the name of safety. Trials included are the Salem Witch Trials, the Haymarket Affair Trial, the Scopes “Monkey” Trial, the trial of Alger Hiss, and the trial of Zacarias Moussaoui—the latter not yet covered extensively in any book.

Haymarket affair - An artist's sketch of the trial, Illinois vs. August Spies et al. (1886)

Haymarket affair - An artist's sketch of the trial, Illinois vs. August Spies et al. (1886)

Haymarket affair - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Haymarket affair - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Haymarket affair - Altgeld Monument (by Borglum) erected by the Illinois Legislature in Lincoln Park, Chicago (1915)

Haymarket affair - Altgeld Monument (by Borglum) erected by the Illinois Legislature in Lincoln Park, Chicago (1915)

Haymarket affair - Engraving of the seven anarchists sentenced to die for Degan's murder. An eighth defendant, Oscar Neebe, not shown here, was sentenced to 15 years in prison.

Haymarket affair - Engraving of the seven anarchists sentenced to die for Degan's murder. An eighth defendant, Oscar Neebe, not shown here, was sentenced to 15 years in prison.

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