Here’s today’s labor history:
On this date in 1865, the coffee percolator was patented by James H. Mason of Franklin, Massachusetts, placing himself forever in the debt of millions of caffeine-dependent working people.
In 1936, auto workers began a sit-down strike for union recognition at GM’s Fisher Body plant in Cleveland.
And in 1952, country music legend Hank Williams attended what was to be his last musicians’ union meeting, at the Elite café in Montgomery, Alabama Williams died of apparent heart failure three days later in the back seat of a car driving north; he was just 29 years old.
Today’s labor quote is by Hank Williams:
[The country singer] sings more sincere than most entertainers, because the hillbilly was raised tougher than most entertainers. The people who has been raised something like the way the hillbilly has, knows what he is singing about and appreciates it. For what he is singing, is the hopes, and prayers, and dreams and experiences of what some call the "common people." I call them the "best people," because they are the ones that the world is made up most of. They're really the ones who make things tick, wherever they are in this country, or in any other country.