8/5/14

Friedrich Engels Dead, Wade Rathke Born, Sandinistas Win

On This Progressive Day: August 5
The Soviet Union "annexes" Latvia (1940)

Maoists undertake an attempted military uprising in Afghanistan (1979)

President Ronald Reagan fires 11,359 striking air-traffic controller PATCO 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 B. Hussein Obama stages a photo-op with unionists in Elkhart, Indiana to promote his new-normal jobless economy (2009)

b: Wade Rathke (1948); d: Friedrich Engels (1895), Todor Zhivkov (1998); d: Leo Deutsch (1941)

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