On this day: April 12

POSTED: 02:42 PM PDT Apr 09, 2013    UPDATED: 11:00 PM PDT Apr 11, 2016 

The American Civil War begins, FDR dies, a Soviet cosmonaut becomes the first human to travel into space, and the first space shuttle lifts off, all on this day.

OTD April 12 - Auto-Lite Strike
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American Federation of Labor

1934: The Toledo Auto-Lite strike begins, with American Federation of Labor workers striking against the Electric Auto-Lite company of Toledo, Ohio. The strike is notable for a five-day running battle between roughly 6,000 workers and 1,300 members of the Ohio National Guard on May 23-27, 1934. Known as the "Battle of Toledo," the clash left two strikers dead and more than 200 injured. The strike itself would last until June 3.


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