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The nation's first ever teachers strike begins in St. Paul.

The strike lasts until Dec. 27 and includes 1,165 teachers, and was due to lack of access to textbooks, poor working conditions, and low pay.

The move was illegal at the time, but set the stage for teachers in the future to be able to unionize and act on workplace frustrations.

Ensuing notable strikes would happen in Florida in 1968, the first ever statewide teachers strike, and Minneapolis in 1970.

Striking has become relative commonplace in teachers unions, with teachers in Chicago ending a strike last year, and thousands of schools in England currently being effected by a teachers strike.

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