On this day: August 23

POSTED: 01:54 PM PDT Aug 22, 2012    UPDATED: 11:00 PM PDT Aug 22, 2013 

King George gets fed up with the rebelling colonies, a silent film legend passes away, the Earth is ready for its closeup, and an earthquake jolts D.C., all on this day.

OTD August 23 - Salad Bowl strike
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1970: More than 5,000 workers belonging to the United Farm Workers strike against growers in California's Salinas Valley in what becomes known as the "Salad Bowl" strike, the largest farm worker strike in U.S. history. The strike, organized by Mexican-American union leader Cesar Chavez (pictured), disrupted shipments of fresh lettuce nationwide and caused the price of lettuce to double almost overnight. It also led directly to the passage of the California Agricultural Labor Relations Act in 1975, which established collective bargaining for the state's farmworkers.

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