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MAY 23

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Jamaica: Labor Day
(Actual holiday date 05/23, but observed on Monday)
Jamaica Labor and Labor Day U.S. Department of State Jamaican Information Service
1875 Alfred Sloan (Connecticut-born Business Leader, Philanthropist: Headed General Motors) Connecticut Business Leaders American Business Leaders General Motors Philanthropy New York Times
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Persons of Historic Significance Who Have Died on This Date
1937 John D. Rockefeller (New York-born Industrialist) John D. Rockefeller American Business Leaders
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1777 Patriot Troops Capture British Vessels and Burn Supplies at Long Island's Sag Harbor New York City American Revolution The History Channel
1846 Oregon's Provisional Government Authorizes Construction of a Toll Road from The Dalles to the Upper Clackamas of the Willamette Valley Oregon Transportation Business SalemOregon.com
1849 Abraham Lincoln Is Granted a Patent for Design to Refloat Grounded Boats Abraham Lincoln Inventors and Inventions Trademarks and Patents Naval History North Carolina State University
1854 The First Railroad Reaches Madison, Wisconsin Madison, Wisconsin Railroad Historic Firsts Wisconsin Historical Society
1864 Confederate Troops Capture and Destroy the Federal Gunboat Columbine Near Palatka, Florida Palatka, Florida American Civil War Naval Military History Florida Historical Society
1884 A Fire Destroys Much of the Downtown Area of Cannon Falls, Minnesota Cannon Falls, Minnesota Fire Business Minnesota Historical Society
1920 The Pennsylvania Railroad Begins Service to and from Detroit Detroit, Michigan Railroad Historical Society of Michigan (pdf)
1935 In Alaska, the First 200 Lots Are Awarded by Drawing at the Matanuska Colony, a Government Relief and Development Project. Minnesota Housing Great Depression Alaska Historical Society
1938 Supreme Court Affirms State Employees Subject to Fed Tax U.S. Supreme Court Law Taxes U.S. Treasury
1946 U.S. Railroad Workers Strike for Higher Wages Railroad Labor The History Channel
1970 300 Vendors Attract 50,000 Visitors to Seattle, Washington's First Modern Street Fair Seattle, Washington Consumer Economics Official Web Site History Link

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