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On this day: September 2

Published On: Aug 22 2013 10:51:05 AM CDT   Updated On: Sep 02 2013 01:00:00 AM CDT

London burns, Atlanta falls to Union forces, Japan surrenders to end World War II, and the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame opens with a star-studded jam, all on this day.

OTD September 2 - Rock Springs massacre
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Library of Congress

1885: In Rock Springs, Wyo., white miners, who were struggling to unionize so they could strike for better wages and work conditions, riot and attack their Chinese fellow workers. By the time the rioting ended, at least 28 Chinese miners were dead and 15 were injured. Several hundred more Chinese miners were forced out of town. Federal troops were deployed to Rock Springs and they escorted the surviving Chinese miners back to the city a week after the riot.

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