1 May : Workers struggling since 1886 or before

The first time any motion picture was captured and a small film was made, the subject was “workers”. It was in 1895 when a 46-second-long, black-and-white, silent documentary, a single scene in which workers leave the factory.

Just remembering this landmark in the history of Cinema today because its Labour Day or International Worker’s day.

Labour Day has its origins in the labour union movement, specifically the eight-hour day movement, which advocated eight hours for work, eight hours for recreation, and eight hours for rest.
On May 1, 1886, more than 300,000 workers in 13,000 businesses across the United States walked off their jobs in the first May Day celebration in history. In Chicago, the epicenter for the 8-hour day agitators, 40,000 went out on strike.

Modern times, a 1936 comedy film written and directed by Charlie Chaplin is a satire on the struggling working class.


Charlie Chaplin’s iconic Little Tramp character struggles to survive in the modern, industrialized world. 

The first May Day celebration in India was organised in Madras (now Chennai) by the Labour Kisan Party of Hindustan on 1 May 1923. This was also the first time the red flag was used in India.