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Well done to Beastly Gerbil who got the answer to This day in history IV. Something happened on 4th May a certain number of years ago. Can you tell me what it was and how many years ago it happened?



In a city that borders Lake Michigan
Drew the attention of 200 policemen
With 1.5k where it took place
And it set off a hate of race

Then, after something exploded
A dozen or so kicked it
31 were arrested
And seven were executed

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It is most probably the Haymarket affair which occurred in Chicago on 4 May 1886.

In a city that borders Lake Michigan

Chicago, Illinois borders Lake Michigan

Then, after something exploded

A homemade bomb was burst

You can read about the event here

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  • $\begingroup$ Well done! Are you able to provide the full explanation of the lines $\endgroup$ – William Pennanti May 4 at 10:33
  • $\begingroup$ I'll try and add more but I think that rot13(gur bgure yvarf ner engure frys rkcynangbel nsgre ernqvat gur negvpyr.) $\endgroup$ – defectedWBC May 4 at 10:43
  • $\begingroup$ Ahh, yea. Nvrmind $\endgroup$ – William Pennanti May 4 at 10:50

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