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February 3rd, 1788 became known as the date of the "last battle" of Shays' Rebellion.  It marked the end of the three-year period during with tenant farmers in western Massachusetts took over half the state and prevented the allegedly "revolutionary" courts from functioning -- thereby preventing any evictions of actual revolutionaries.

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1933: Hitler came to power

On January 30th, 1933, Adolf Hitler was invited into a sort of coalition government in Germany.  Hitler began the process of undermining the fragile institutions of German democracy right away, but it would be over five years before the invasion of Poland, and what is generally considered to be the beginning of the Second World War, was launched. 

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On January 29th, 1918, thousands of angry Danes marched from the House of the People to the Copenhagen Stock Exchange, and took it over for the day.

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The Eureka Stockade

On December 3rd, 1854, British troops opened fire on the gold fields of Ballarat in Australia, in the course of a revolt of miners that became known as the Eureka Stockade.

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On November 19th, 1915, the most well-known bard among the many cultural workers that defined the spirit of the Industrial Workers of the World was executed by firing squad.

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On November 11th, 1918, the global carnage that became known as the First World War came to an end.

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On November 7th, 1919, the FBI began raiding union halls across the US, many of which were burned to the ground by patriotic World War 1 veterans, organized under the banner of the American Legion.  In this first nationwide raid conducted by the country's new national police force (which is what the FBI is) and their volunteer thugs, most of the leadership of the Industrial Workers of the World were arrested and imprisoned, thousands of members of this immigrant-led union were deported, and untold numbers were beaten, lynched or shot in the ensuing days of anti-union carnage.

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On October 18th, 1859, John Brown and his fellow armed abolitionists surrendered to General Robert E Lee in Harper's Ferry, Virginia.

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In October, 1937, the call went out to form international brigades to go to Spain and help the besieged, democratically-elected government resist a military coup.  Against the wishes of the US, UK, and French governments, tens of thousands from around the world began to mobilize and travel to Spain to fight fascism.

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On June 20th, 2015, the Golden Rule set sail again. The ship was among the first to be used by activists to protest nuclear testing in the Pacific, back in the 1950's, when such protests were far more rare than they became a decade later.

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