This week in history


April 13

1949: 10,000 people attend the Australian Peace Congress in Melbourne.

April 14

1930: More than 100 Mexican and Filipino farm workers are arrested in California, USA, for union activity.

April 15

1944: Fred Paterson becomes Australia's first and only communist parliamentarian when he wins the north Queensland state seat of Bowen.

April 17

1961: The CIA-backed Bay of Pigs invasion of Cuba fails.

1975: The Khmer Rouge takes power in Cambodia.

1997: St Kilda's Nicky Winmar proudly displays his black skin to taunt racist football fans.

April 18

1980: Zimbabwe wins independence.

1998: Police fail to remove waterside workers from a picket line at Swanston docks after being surrounded by building workers.

From Green Left Weekly, April 13, 2005.
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