October 1, 1959 – Strikes And The Aftermath Of Gracie.
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October 1, 1959 was no box of chocolates. First was the ongoing Steel Strike, becoming the longest in history. President Eisenhower ordered everyone back to the bargaining table to keep trying for a resolution. And then, literally overnight, The Longshoremen went on strike, idling some 100,000 dock workers and spreading up and down the East Coast of the U.S.
The South was still digging out from the aftermath of Hurricane Gracie and a Gas tank explosion sent some 2 1/2 million gallons of gasoline in a wall of flame across what would have been a busy highway, had it not been early in the morning when only 9 minor injuries resulted.
That, and a lot more via this edition of the legendary Lowell Thomas And The News for October 1, 1959.
And you think today is bad . . . .
~ by gordonskene on October 1, 2012.
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