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Sun Apr 20, 2014, 01:01 PM

April 20, 1948


While eating dinner in the kitchen of his home, gunmen open fire on UAW president Walter Reuther, who is hit by a shotgun blast to his right arm. His assailants, who were thought to be hired by gangsters trying to stop union organizing at the mob-dominated Michigan Stove Works, were never caught. Reuther eventually regained limited mobility of his severely damaged arm.

Source: Today In Labor History (Union Review)

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Sun Apr 20, 2014, 02:07 PM

1. Thanks. On my Facebook page, I have posted a synopsis of the 1948 attempt on Walter Reuther's life.

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Also, on my Facebook page, I have published a post noting that this date, April 20, 2014, is the 100th anniversary of the tragic Ludlow, Colorado, Massacre which saw coal miners' lives lost in an armed conflict with armed guards and militiamen. Also lost in the tragedy were the lives of two women and eleven children who took cover in a tent at the miners' camp which was burned down.

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