LA­BOR DAY HIS­TORY

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Mon­day marks the 125th an­niver­sary of La­bor Day be­ing cel­e­brated as a na­tional hol­i­day.

■ What does the hol­i­day com­mem­o­rate? It rec­og­nizes the so­cial and eco­nomic achieve­ments of Amer­i­can work­ers.

■ Who started it? His­tory isn’t clear on this, but ei­ther Peter J. McGuire, gen­eral sec­re­tary of the Brother­hood of Car­pen­ters and Join­ers, or Matthew Maguire, sec­re­tary of Lo­cal 344 of the In­ter­na­tional As­so­ci­a­tion of Ma­chin­ists in Pater­son, New Jersey, came up with the idea.

■ When did it be­come a na­tional hol­i­day? Pres­i­dent Grover Cleve­land signed a law June 28, 1894, mak­ing the first Mon­day in Sep­tem­ber of each year a na­tional hol­i­day.

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