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Labor Day September 2, 2019

Labor Day September 2, 2019

Some records show that Peter J. McGuire, general secretary of the Brotherhood of Carpenters and Joiners and a co-founder of the American Federation of Labor, was first in suggesting a day to honor those "who from rude nature have delved and carved all the grandeur we behold." But Peter McGuire's place in Labor Day history has not gone unchallenged. Recent research seems to support the contention that Matthew Maguire, later the secretary of Local 344 of the International Association of Machinists in Paterson, N.J., proposed the holiday in 1882.

Also, on this day, in 31 B.C., Octavian became the emperor of Rome and ruler of the civilized world by defeating Mark Antony at the Battle of Actium. On September 2, 1898 Lord Kitchener led the last cavalry charge in British history. He was later appointed Secretary of War in 1914.

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