1936 – The United Auto Workers union staged its first sit-down strike, at the Fisher Body Plant in Flint, MI.

(Photo: Library of Congress/Associated Press)blasts30p1Sit-down strikers read newspapers at General Motors’ Fisher Body plant in Flint, Mich., in 1937. Their sit-down strike, which lasted six weeks, began on Dec. 30, 1936

In 1936, the United Auto Workers union staged its first “sit-down” strike at the General Motors Fisher Body Plant No. 1 in Flint, Michigan. (The strike lasted until Feb. 11, 1937.) In 1942, a near-riot of bobby-soxers greeted the opening of Frank Sinatra’s singing engagement at the Paramount Theater in New York’s Times Square

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