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Thursday, September 1, 2011

Labor Day Fun Facts and Trivia

Labor Day for some signals the chance for one last camp trip, one last bonfire, or one last trip away before the school year begins. For others, it is a chance to take a long weekend break to recharge for the fall quarter.  Whatever the case may be, have a safe and enjoyable long weekend!

Some Fun Facts About Labor Day
  1. Labor Day Originated in Canada?  Labor Day is not uniquely an American holiday.  Labor disputes in Toronto in the 1870's led to the production of a parade held in support of a strike against the 58 hour workweek and culminated in the arrest of 24 union leaders for breaking anti-union laws.
  2. Labor Day Traditions. The First Labor day festivities included "speeches, a picnic, an abundance of cigars and Lager beer kegs... mounted in ever conceivable place" (quote from a NY daily newspaper)
  3. President Cleveland Made Labor Day a National Holiday. As part of his political campaign, President Grover Cleveland made Labor Day a National holiday following his election into office in 1894. Labor Day was already recognized as a holiday in the state of Oregon by 1887.
  4. Not Just a North American Holiday. Though not necessarily celebrated on the same day, a large number of industrialized nations around the world also celebrate Labor Day as a time to respect and reflect upon workers.  Labor Day concepts are similar and sometimes celebrated in combination of May Day.
  5. Pack Up the Whites.  Traditionally, it was often considered a fashion faux pas if white was worn post-Labor Day.
  6. Unofficial NFL Season Kickoff.  Ninety-nine percent of the time, the NFL has in the past, played its first official season game the Thursday after Labor Day.

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