“Sir, My Men Refuse to Fight”
Chronology of GI Resistance
Events in the Film
Events in Vietnam
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Supreme Court rules General Lewis Hershey's 1967 directive, that local draft boards reclassify anti-draft demonstrators as eligible for active duty (1-A) unconstitutional.
Supreme Court upholds prohibition of underground GI anti-war newspaper at Fort Bragg.
UFO coffee house closed for "maintaining public nuisance"
West Point graduate, 1st Lt. Louis Font, asks to be released from military service because its actions in Vietnam counter his religious beliefs.
Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty goes into effect
Prince Sihanouk deposed in Cambodia.
Three Weathermen blow themselves up in Greenwich Village.
Jane Fonda detained at, then banned for life from, Fort Lewis.
Expo 1970 opens in Osaka
Coup - Cambodia.
San Diego MDM open house, attended by Jane Fonda and Robert Ryan of the Black Panther Party.
President Nixon orders 24,000 troops from Ft Dix and McGuire Air Force Base to New York City to break postal workers strike.
ROTC building destroyed by fire - Stanford University.
Paul McCartney announces The Beatles have disbanded
Navy announces it’s intention to proceed with Roger Priest’s court Martial on six counts. If found guilty on all counts, he faced a maximum sentence of 39 years.
Three staff members of the UFO Coffeehouse sentenced to six years in prison.
Nixon orders US troops into Cambodia.
Nixon calls antiwar students "bums blowing up campuses."
National Guard troops open fire on students at Kent State, killing 4.
May 6 - 20
National student strike in protest of the invasion of Cambodia and the killings at Kent State.
May 14 - 15
Student unrest - Jackson State University. Two students killed.
Armed Farces Day
Jane Fonda and Mark Lane expelled from Fort Meade.
Roger Priest convicted of “promoting disloyalty and disaffection”.
US Court of Military Review finds the Presidio 27 innocent of Mutiny
Pentagon admits it cannot account for 80,000 GIs
Nixon signs legislation lowering voting age to 18.
US use of defoliants halted.
US Senate repeals Gulf of Tonkin resolution
Fort Knox Coffeehouse closed.
JAugust 26 - 30
Isle of Wight pop festival
September 4 - 7
Operation R.A.W. (Rapid American Withdrawal), 75 mile march from Morristown, NJ to Valley Forge, PA. Stage simulated search and destroy missions along way to dramatize the horror of the Vietnam War.
VVAW rally at Valley Forge, following Operation R.A.W. Rally at Valley Forge addressed by Jane Fonda, John Kerry, Mark Lane and others.
Timorthy Leaary escapes from prison with the help of the Weathermen.
Jimi Hendrix dies.
Janis Joplin dies.
Khmer Republic declared in Cambodia.
State of Emergency declared in Canada.
Allende becomes president of Chile.
Calley court-martial opens
South Africa expelled from UN
Cooper-Church Amendment to Defense Appropriations Bill forbids use of US ground forces in Laos and Cambodia.
BBC begins broadcasting Open University classes
Nixon declares that an end to the war is in sight.
January 30 - April 6
Backed by US airpower and artillery, South Vietnamese troops invade Laos.
January 31 - February 2
Winter Soldier Investigation - Detroit.
FTA formed by Jane Fonda and Donald Sutherland.
Bomb explodes in Capitol men's room - Washington DC. The Weathermern claim responsibility.
Pakistani army occupy East Pakistan
Supreme Court rules that objection to a particular war not grounds for Conscientious Objector status.
Billy Smith arrested and accused of fragging two officers at Bien Hoa.
Coup - Argentina.
East Pakistan/Bangladesh declares its independence.
Lt. Calley convicted.
Charles Manson sentenced to death.
Nixon orders Lt. Calley be released pending his appeal.
April 13 - 14
FTA Show performs at Haymarket Square coffee house (Cast includes Peter Boyle, Barbara Dane, Jane Fonda, Dick Gregory and Donald Sutherland).
April 19 - 23
Operation Dewey Canyon III - Washington DC
Dewey Canyon III ends with 800 veterans throwing their medals and citations onto a pile labeled “trash” on the steps of the US Capital building.
Demanding “total and immediate withdrawal from Indochina”, 1000 active duty GIs lead an anti war protest march of 500,000 through the streets of Washington DC
Fort Hood GIs and staff of the Oleo Strut call for GIs to boycott the Tyrrell's jewelry store chain.
Daniel and Phillip Berrigan indicted for conspiring to kidnap the President.
Riot control units of the 82nd Airborne Division are deployed in Washington DC to “preserve law and order” as 50,000 anti war protestors descend on the Capital to “Stop the Government”.
Armed Farces Day
Tyrrell picketers arrested - Killeen.
June 13 - 15
Excerpts from the
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Fillmore East closes in Neww York City.
Supreme Court rules that the Nixon administration attempted injunction of the
New York Times
publishing excerpts from the
The Pentagon reports that in 1970, nearly 1 out of every 12 (89,088) GIs deserted and 228,797 others went AWOL.
Plumbers unit set up in the White House.
Concert for Bangladesh
British Army begins interning suspected terrorists without trial in Long Kesh Prison.
Australia and New Zealand announce the withdrawal of their troops from Vietnaqm.
George Jackson killed.
September 9 - 13
Prison riot - Attica.
Stop Our Ship Referendum - citizens of San Diego are asked to decide whether the USS Constellation should remain at homeport or sail for Vietnam.
Walt Disney World opens.
October 10 - 11
Combat refusal - Firebase Pace.
Mass arrest of GIs, the staff of the Oleo Strut, including the director of
Sir! No Sir!
, and supporters for staging antiwar Veteran's Day demonstration - Killeen.
Unix Programmers Manual
UN votes to seat China
War breaks out between India and Pakistan.
Shirley Chisholm announces her candidacy for President.
Equal Rights Amendment passed in Congress
British Government suspends Unionist Government and declares direct rule in Northern Ireland.
Hanoi and Haiphong bombed.
Paris Peace Talks resume
J. Edgar Hoover dies.
US and South Vietnam suspend their participation in Paris Peace Talks.
Haiphong Harbor mined.
Chicago 7 convictions overturned.
Headquarters of US Army in Vietnam decommissioned.
Armed Farces Day.
Angry Brigade trials begin.
Jane Fonda visits North Vietnam.
GIs picket Court of Military Appeals, Washington DC, in support of Billy Smith.
Paris Peace Talks resume.
Nixon claims no administration officials involved in Watergate break-in
Last US combat troops leave South Vietnam.
Free Billy Smith Rallies - Monterey, Travis AFB
September 5 - 6
11 Israeli athletes killed at the Munich Olympics by the Black September Organization.
Billy Smith found not guilty of fragging.
December 18 - 29
"Christmas bombing" of North Vietnam.
Marcos declared President for Life in the Phillipines
Lyndon Johnson dies
Supreme Court rules on Roe vs Wade
Peace agreement reached. Nixon claims it will "end the war and bring peace with honor."
Last American serviceman to be killed in combat in South Vietnam, Lt. Col. William Nolde, is killed.
American POWs begin to be released.
February 28 - May 8
Occupation and seige of Wounded Knee
IRA bombs explode at the Old Bailey and in Whitehall.
Last remaining American troops withdraw from South Vietnam.
Nixon meets with Thieu and reiterates his private pledge to use military force if South Vietnam attacked.
World Trade Center opens.
Erlichman and Halderman resign
Senate Watergate Hearings begin.
Greek Junta disssolves the monarchy and proclames a Republic.
Secretariat wins the Triple Crown
Congress approves Case-Church Amendment which forbids any further US military involvement in South East Asia after August 14.
June 25 - 29
John Dean testifies in front of the Senate Watergate Committee
U.S. bombing activities in Cambodia are halted.
Gainsville 8 acquitted
Coup - Chile.
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