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On This Day: July 6

1864 - (Civil War) Skirmish near Jackson, Mississippi

On this day in 1864, the 2nd Wisconsin Cavalry fought near Jackson, Mississippi, during Union General Slocumís expedition to destroy a bridge over Pearl River.

1934 - Seven injured in riot at Horlick plant

On this day three policemen and five office employees of the Horlick Malted Milk Corp. were injured when a crowd of strike sympathizers stormed a motorcade of employees entering the plant's main gate. Emerging from a crowd of 500 striking employees, the rioters overpowered police escorts, shattered windshields and windows, and pelted officers with rocks. Police blamed Communist influence for the incident, and former Communist congressional candidate John Sekat was arrested in the incident. Employees of the plant were demanding wage increases and recognition of the Racine County Workers Committee as their collective bargaining agent. [Source: Capital Times 7/6/1934, p. 1]