Today in History
20 August 2009
August 20, 1862 - Federal employees became the first workers to enjoy the eight-hour workday, after Congress approved legislation on this day in 1862. However, it wasn't until 1923, when the Carnegie Steel Corporation instituted an eight-hour workday, that the movement for a shorter workday took hold. Subsequently, President Franklin D. Roosevelt made the eight-hour workday a part of his New Deal legislation.