Thomas Becket, the archbishop of Canterbury, is murdered in Canterbury Cathedral by four knights of Henry II. 1607
Indian chief Powhatan spares John Smith’s life after the pleas of his daughter Pocahontas. 1778
British troops, attempting a new strategy to defeat the colonials in America, capture Savannah. 1814
Emperor Napoleon I‘s
French forces defeat the Russian and Prussian forces commanded by
Prince Gebhard Leberecht von Blücher in the Battle of Brienne. 1845
Texas (comprised of the present state of
Texas and part of New Mexico, Colorado, and Wyoming) is admitted as the
28th state of the Union, with the provision that the area (389,166
square miles) should be divided into no more than five states “of
convenient size.” 1849
Gas lighting is installed in the White House. 1862
Union General William T. Sherman‘s troops try to gain the north side of Vicksburg in the Battle of Chickasaw Bluffs. 1890
The last major conflict of the Indian wars takes place at Wounded Knee Creek in South Dakota after Colonel James W. Forsyth of the 7th Cavalry tries to disarm Chief Big Foot and his followers. 1914
The production of Belgian newspapers is halted to protest German censorship. 1921
Sears Roebuck president Julius Rosenwald pledges $20 million of his personal fortune to help Sears through hard times. 1926
Germany and Italy sign an arbitration treaty. 1934
Japan formally denounces the Washington Naval Treaty of 1922. 1940
In a radio interview, President Roosevelt proclaims the United States to be the “arsenal of democracy.” 1940
London suffers its most devastating air raid when Germans firebomb the city on the evening of December 29. 1948
Tito declares Yugoslavia will follow its own path to Communism. 1956
President Dwight Eisenhower asks Congress for the authority to oppose Soviet aggression in the Middle East. 1965
A Xmas truce is observed in Vietnam, while President Johnson tries to get the North Vietnamese to the bargaining table. 1981
Reagan curtails Soviet trade in reprisal for its harsh policies on Poland.
Wal-Mart Stores Inc was sued on Wednesday by a transgender
woman who said she was wrongfully fired after complaining about
harassment at the Sam’s Club warehouse store in North Carolina where she
had worked for 11 years.
Charlene Bost, 46, said co-workers at the Kannapolis store
where she had been a member service supervisor called her “sir,” “that
thing with an attitude” and “shim,” a slur combining “she” and “him.”
She also said her male boss subjected her to unwanted physical advances
and referred to her as “it.”
Corporate executives and industry lobbyists started cheering this
month before the ink had even dried on a decision by the Trump
administration’s National Labor Relations Board overturning an Obama-era
“joint employer” standard.
This standard, they had feared, would make it easier
for employees to hold fast-food chains accountable for violating the
rights of workers employed by those chains’ franchisees or contractors
like staffing agencies.
The ruling is just the latest example of
how the Trump administration has favored corporations over working
people. But the world’s biggest fast-food chain – McDonald’s – has not
been spared from its day in court.
Weed workers of California, unite!
Labor unions in the Golden
State are racing to organize cannabis workers across California as
legal recreational marijuana becomes a reality January 1.
of California's most influential labor unions are vying to represent
tens of thousands of legal weed workers, including planters, rollers,
and sellers, The Associated Press reported Monday.
A California couple was arrested after using a drone to transport
drugs out of their home and into the hands of nearby waiting customers,
Benjamin Baldassarre, 39, and Ashley Carroll, 31, of
Riverside, California, were arrested on several charges including
possession of controlled substances, conspiracy to commit a crime and
child endangerment. Riverside police were investigating a potential drug
house in the area when they witnessed a drone carrying small packages
An Idaho man allegedly convinced his girlfriend’s toddler
son to stab the mother in the stomach with a steak knife while he was
In testimony last week, the 29-year-old woman explained that
Thanksgiving Day turned into a nightmare when 36-year-old David Gifford
got drunk and began beating her, according to The Times-News.
A convicted killer released from prison was being sought by Nebraska
police after a triple homicide Tuesday. John W. Dalton Jr. was a person
of interest in the three murders, according to Omaha Police Capt. Thomas
The word "redneck" is typically used to insult a white person from a
poor, rural background, a demographic that tends to be wingnut. But now a group of left activists is reclaiming the
word and using it to spark a working class movement that promotes social
justice and protects minorities.