Latvia is annexed by the Soviet Union (1940)
Maoists undertake an attempted military uprising in Afghanistan (1979)
President Ronald Reagan fires 11,359 striking air-traffic controller unionists who ignored his order for them to return to work (1981)
Elections are held in Nicaragua with the Sandinista Front winning a majority (1989)
President Barack Obama stages a meeting with unionists in Elkhart, Indiana to promote joblessness (2009)
b: Wade Rathke (1948); d: Friedrich Engels (1895), Todor Zhivkov (1998); d: Leo Deutsch (1941)
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