Strikers shot by police

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On July 5, 1934, San Francisco police shot and killed Howard Sperry, a striking longshoreman, and Nick Bordoise, a volunteer cook in the longshoremen union’s soup kitchen. The day of the killings became known as “Bloody Thursday.” The deaths generated public sympathy for the longshoremen and contributed to a general strike that shut down the city for days.  Courtesy of the San Francisco History Center, San Francisco Public Library

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