Happy Labor Day! Today marks the 125th Labor Day, celebrated annually as a federal public holiday in the United States. On the first Monday in September, Labor Day honors the American labor movement and the power of collective action by workers, essential to the creation of the middle class. Successful union negotiations won the right to overtime pay after a 5-day, 40-hour work week. Canada’s Labour Day is also celebrated on the first Monday of September. (1894)

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Additionally, more than 80 countries honor International Workers’ Day on May 1st.

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MORE Good News on this Day:

  • The United States declared V-J Day on the day Japan signed its unconditional surrender, finally ending six years of World War II after 60 to 80 million people died (1945)
  • Vietnam declared its independence from France, forming a republic (1945)
  • The first automated teller machine (ATM) in the United States was installed in Rockville Centre, New York. (1969)
  • The United States and Russia agreed to cooperate to build an international space station (1992)
  • The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame opened in Cleveland, Ohio (1995)
  • 40 years ago today, U2 released their very first record, an EP entitled U2-3 that was available only in Ireland in an initial run of 1,000 individually numbered copies (1979)
  • After years of setbacks and investing over $15 million in personal donations to the project, former Atlanta NBA basketball player Dikembe Mutombo opened a $29 million, 300-bed hospital outside of Congo’s capital of Kinshasa, his hometown—the first modern medical facility to be built in the region in nearly 40 years (2006)

Happy Birthday to Mexican actress Salma Hayek, who is most remembered for her amazing performance in the 2002 film, Frida, and turns 53 years old today.

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And, Happy 55th Birthday to Keanu Reeves, the actor who might be called one of the nicest guys in show business.

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And, Happy 71st Birthday to Terry Bradshaw, one of the most trusted and beloved NFL football stars to ever play the game. Known for having one of the most powerful arms in NFL history, he became the first quarterback to win three—then four—Super Bowls, and led the Pittsburgh Steelers to eight AFC Central championships in the 70s, calling his own plays in every game.

Bradshaw in 2017

Since 1994, Bradshaw’s been a TV sports analyst and occasional actor, and he’s written or co-written five books and also recorded six albums of country/western and gospel music. His cover of “I’m So Lonesome I Could Cry” hit the Top 20 on Billboard’s country chart. WATCH an NFL video to see why he was one of the greatest… (1948)

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