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This blog was updated on a daily basis for about two years, with those daily entries ceasing on December 31, 2013. The blog is still active, however, and we hope that people stopping in, who find something lacking, will add to the daily entries.

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Tuesday, September 3, 2013

September 3

Today was Labor Day for 2012.  Labor Day statutorily occurs on the first Monday of September.  The Federal holiday was created, as a Federal holiday, in 1894.

1865  Colonel Nelson Cole, with troops from Missouri, engaged Sioux, Arapaho and Cheyennes on Dry fork in the Powder River Basin.

1876   The Wyoming Weekly Leader reported that a shipment of oysters was to arrive soon.

1885  Governor Warren arrived in Rocks Springs by train, following yesterday's violent riots.  Attribution:  On This Day.

1918  The first uranium discovery in Wyoming was announced, with the discovery having been made near Lusk.  What was uranium used for in 1918?  Attribution:  Wyoming State Historical Society.

Elsewhere:

1895   William Carrol Crawford, the last surviving signer of the Texas Declaration of Independence, died.  Attribution:  On This Day.

1916   Cheyenne State Leader for September 3, 1916. The Eight Hour Day becomes law.
 


This is an interesting 1916 item to say the least.  The moment at which the eight hour day became the American standard.

We're so used to thinking of the average working day lasting eight hours that we hardly give any thought to there being an error in which this wasn't the case. But there certainly was.  Prior to 1916, many laborers worked well over eight hours pre day. After September 3, 1916, that work day was established and the modern work day became law.

Which is not to say that there  hasn't been some retreat on this. There certainly has.  At least for the "professional" class of worker the eight hour day has long ago expanded into more hours than that, and well over forty hours per week. As more and more Americans have entered this category, the working hours of American have been increasing in recent decades, with wages not doing the same.
1918:  U.S. War Exposition held in Chicago.

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