October 15, 1965 : First draft card burned

Introduction

In a demonstration staged by the student-run National Coordinating Committee to End the War in Vietnam, the first public burning of a draft card in the United States takes place.

These demonstrations drew 100,000 people in 40 cities across the country. In New York, David Miller, a young Catholic pacifist, became the first U.S. war protestor to burn his draft card in direct violation of a recently passed law forbidding such acts. Agents from the Federal Bureau of Investigation later arrested him; he was tried, found guilty, and sentenced to two years imprisonment.

Article Details:

October 15, 1965 : First draft card burned

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    History.com Staff

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    History.com

  • Year Published

    2009

  • Title

    October 15, 1965 : First draft card burned

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    http://www.history.com/this-day-in-history/first-draft-card-burned

  • Access Date

    October 23, 2017

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    A+E Networks