Monday, September 3, 2007

Labor Day

On this date in history....

Treaty of Paris that ended the Revolutionary War was signed in 1783.

Labor Day was celebrated as a legal holiday for the first time in 1894.

First professional football game was played in Latrobe, PA in 1895.

The First U.S. bowling league was established in 1921.

In 1939 World War was II declared when England and France declare war on Germany.

Labor Day

Labor Day differs from other holidays in that it celebrates the working man. Unfortunately, now a days, the meaning of this holiday has been greatly lost. It used to be that it was generally a day off for workers. It was to be a celebration with parades and picnics. Today, our commercial society has morphed this holiday into a sales extravaganza and the people that this holiday was to honor are now forced to work. Years ago you would not find a store open, but today...

Unfortunately, this is somewhat a sad testament to our society and how we treat our workers.

Anyway, enough of that. The founding father of Labor Day is a little murky, but it appears that the Central Labor Union in New York adopted a proposal for such. The first Labor Day was celebrated on Tuesday, September 5, 1882, in New York City. In 1884 the first Monday in September was selected as the holiday.

The first state to pass legislation making Labor Day a legally recognized holiday was Oregon on February 21, 1887. They were followed that same year by Colorado, Massachusetts, New York & New Jersey. It became a national holiday June 28, 1984 when Congress passed an act making the first Monday in September of each year a legal holiday.

Happy Labor Day to all & may yours be Safe & Fun!

Til tomorrow...Marc It Sold!

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