A pleasant Labor Day…

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… to all our U.S. and Canadian readers, at least. Both countries have been celebrating Labor Day in September and not on May 1, like most of the rest of the world since the early 1880s. At the time, there were several labor organizations who came out in favor of a May 1 holiday, but after the Chicago Haymarket riots in early May 1886, U.S. President Grover Cleveland decided that commemorating Labor Day on that date could strengthen the socialist movement. In the U.S., Congress made the holiday official in 1894.

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