While the history of the Winnipeg General Strike has an established start and end date, the conflict itself did not occur in a vacuum. The seeds were sown well before workers walked off their jobs at 11 am on the morning of Thursday, May 15, 1919. The effects were felt well after strikers returned to work on June 26, 1919. The following timeline provides a listing of key events before, during, and after the strike.
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1872 - 1917
The Events of Bloody Saturday as Retold by Nick Zalozetsky
In 1982, Nick Zalozetsky was interviewed by Peter Warren on a CJOB radio program, “Where are they now?”, and provided his recollections of Bloody Saturday. At the time of the strike, Nick Zalozetsky was a twenty-four year old office manager for the Ukrainian Voice. Out of curiosity, and in sympathy with the strikers, Mr. Zalozetsky walked down Main Street on June 21 to observe the silent parade. Pushing his way through the crowd down Main street between Logan Avenue and James or Rupert Avenues, he stopped in front of City Hall. From here, Zalozetsky witnessed Mayor Gray reading the Riot Act, and the Royal Northwest Mounted Police arrive on the scene. From here, Mr. Zalozetsky nearly lost his life:
All of a sudden, there were shouts, shrieks, whistles…
I jumped over the iron fence onto the lawn in front of City Hall…
It was at that moment that my hat, which was fairly tight on my head, fell off. I wondered what happened. There was no wind, no one near. I picked the hat up and I noticed a small hole, and turning it around, there was another, bigger hole. Then I realized what had happened.
A bullet had gone right through Mr. Zalozetsky’s hat. He believed that by jumping over the fence onto the grounds of City Hall to get out of harm’s way, a Special Policeman had mistaken this gesture as an attempt to storm City Hall.