Today in 1886: At Haymarket Square in Chicago, a rally is held because of a strike at the McCormick Harvester plant. This is just two days after the enormous May Day turnout.
Though the mass meeting was peaceful, a force of 176 police officers arrived, demanding that the meeting disperse. Someone, unknown to this day, then threw a bomb at the police. In their confusion, the police began firing their weapons in the dark, killing at least three in the crowd and wounding many more. Seven police died (only one by the bomb), the rest probably by police fire.
It’s This Weekend’s Action Calendar!
Absolutely Art will host a reception tonight for the Habitat ReStore Salvage Art Show, with inspiring art, live music and catering by Bunky’s Café. This is from 5 to 9 pm tonight at 2322 Atwood Avenue. More info at 249-9100 or absolutelyartllc.com.
Tomorrow, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reporters Jason Stein and Patrick Marley will be reading from their book “More Than They Bargained For: Scott Walker, Unions, and the Fight for Wisconsin.” This will be at 2 pm at the Goodman South Madison Library, 2222 South Park Street. Book signing and reception to follow. Copies of the book will be available to purchase. Call 266-6395 for more info.
“The War at Home,” about UW and Madison in the 1960s, will be screened tomorrow at 7pm in Room 1651 of the UW Humanities Building, 455 North Park Street. This is free and sponsored by the Madison Infoshop. More info at 262-9036.
Tomorrow, “Hands on Hearts” is a one-day event offering Compression Only CPR training for free. It only takes 15 minutes to learn this life-saving skill! Go to stmarysmadison.com or channel3000.com to see all of the times and locations so you can help save a life if the opportunity ever presents itself.