On May Day 1950 fake Communists took over Mosinee Wisconsin.

Conceived by John Decker, a WWII veteran lawyer, and backed by the American Legion, the event was intended to highlight what liberties Americans would lose in an actual Communist takeover.

Ironically, the event planned for the traditional May Day worker’s holiday, was joined by American Communist Party members who distributed issues of the Daily Worker around town asking: “So this is supposed to be communism; says who?”