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Seeds of Fire: A People’s Chronology

Recalling events that happened on this day in history.
Memories of struggle, resistance and persistence.

Compiled by Ulli Diemer

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July 3, 1835  
Children employed in the silk mills at Paterson, New Jersey, go on strike asking for an eleven-hour workday and a six-day workweek rather than 12-14 hour days. With the help of adults, they win a compromise settlement of a 69-hour week.
July 3, 1988  
The USS Vincennes, a guided missile cruiser, shoots down Iran Air Flight 655. All of the 290 people aboard the Airbus 300 are killed. The Vincennes was inside Iranian territorial waters when the attack took place. The Iranian plane was a regularly scheduled passenger flight, originating in Tehran, en route to Dubai, following its normal route. It was inside Iranian air space when it was shot down.
The U.S. government afterwards says the attack was a ‘mistake’, but refuses to apologize. It eventually agrees to pay compensation to the families of those it killed.



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