1886 – Bay View Massacre

On this date the in Bay View was the scene of a major labor disturbance. Nearly 1,500 striking workers from around Milwaukee marched on the mill, the last industrial plant still open after five days of marches and strikes in support of an eight-hour work day. When the crowd of demonstrators who had sought to call out workers still inside the huge Bay View factory was attacked by troops, seven unarmed people were killed and several more wounded. [Source: edited by Sarah Davis McBride]