White T-Shirt Day
About White T-Shirt Day
When is White T-Shirt Day? This holiday is always celebrated on February 11
White Shirt Day, also called White T-Shirt Day, is a February 11 holiday. This holiday commemorates the men and women who participated in a sit-down strike at General Motors in 1937. These autoworkers helped the United Auto Workers (UAW) union to become the sole bargaining agent for General Motors autoworkers. The strike ended on this day in 1937.
According to the UAW’s website, the traditions of White Shirt Day are simple:
- Everyone must wear a white shirt or blouse
- Your white shirt must not get dirtier than your boss’s shirt
- Follow all safety and work rules.
Somewhere along the way, this day evolved into White T-Shirt Day. Except for UAW workers and their families, this UAW event was probably lost or forgotten. Those who chanced across a reference to White Shirt Day, most likely created their version of this day, giving birth to the term White T-Shirt Day.
Please wear a white shirt today. And, honor UAW workers, along with their accomplishments.
Important Note: It’s “White T-Shirt Day”, not “Wet T-Shirt Day”. However, if the shirt is white, you can get it wet today. Or, you can enjoy watching someone in a wet T-Shirt.
Did You Know? T-shirts became popular in the 195-s when Marlon Brando and James Dean began wearing them in movies such as A Streetcar Named Desire.
How to Celebrate White T-Shirt Day
- Wear a white t-shirt.
- Buy a printed one. Of course, to be in keeping with the day wear one that is white.
- Have a wet t-shirt contest.
- Read up on the history of the United Auto Workers.
- Learn more about the 1937 UAW -GM strike.
“Criticism is something we can avoid easily, by saying nothing, doing nothing, and being nothing.” – – Aristotle
History and Origin of White T-Shirt Day
Bert Christenson, a member of UAW Local 598, initiated White Shirt Day, in February 11, 1948. It is an annual event. It is best known in Flint, Michigan, and other localities that have a GM auto plant.
Did You Know? Most T-shirts are cotton. Cotton can hold 20 times its weight in water. And it is stronger wet than when dry.
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