September 3:


September 3: Labor Day

Labor Day, an American federal holiday observed on the first Monday in September, celebrates and pays tribute to the economic and social contributions and achievements of American workers.

There is some controversy over who actually proposed Labor Day.  In 1882, Matthew Maguire, a machinist, first proposed the holiday while serving as secretary of the CLU (Central Labor Union) of New York. Others argue that it was first proposed by Peter J. McGuire of the American Federation of Labor in May 1882, after witnessing the annual labor festival held in Toronto, Canada.

President Grover Cleveland, in an attempt to resolve a dispute with the labor movement during the Pullman Strike, proposed legislation making Labor Day a national holiday.  It was rushed through Congress unanimously and signed into law a mere six days after the end of the strike

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Do you know which state was the first to make Labor Day an actual holiday?

The first Secretary of the Treasury was Alexander Hamilton.


The current Secretary of the Treasury is Timothy Geithner. The Secretary of the Treasury earns $191,300 per year.