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THE GOOD WAR
The 
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timeline 1940-1998


1944


medical experiments   June 24, 1944
American CO conscripts volunteer as guinea pigs for influenza and pneumonia experiments.

Nurse infects Charles Lord with hepatitis for jaundice experiment


1945


Hiroshima   August 6 and 9, 1945
U.S. atomic bombing of Hiroshima, Japan.

August 14, 1945
VJ Day - Japan surrenders; the war is over.

POST-WORLD WAR II:

October 24, 1945
The United Nations is founded.


1946


Eleanor Roosevelt   May 1946
The National Mental Health Foundation is founded by CO volunteers in mental hospitals. Eleanor Roosevelt is a sponsor, actively inspiring many prominent citizens to join her in advancing the organization's objectives.


1947


February 12, 1947
First draft card burning at White House over impending peacetime draft.


CORE founders   April 1947
The Journey of Reconciliation, the first Freedom ride through the South, is organized by CORE founders and WWII COs George Houser and Bayard Rustin.

Bayard Rustin (left) with George Houser
Photo: Fellowship of Reconciliation


October 26, 1947
Nobel Peace Prize awarded to American and British Friends Service Committees for their relief work in Europe after the war.


1949


kpfa   April 15, 1949
The first listener-sponsored radio, KPFA, goes on the air. It is founded by WWII CO Lewis Hill.

Roundtable discussion at KPFA studio


1957


anti-nuclear demonstration   April/May 1957
Committee for Nonviolent Action (CNVA) and Committee for a Sane Nuclear Policy (SANE) founded. CO Jack Homer is in the leadership of both organizations.

Photo: War Resisters League


1961


1961
Young Freedom riders led by James Farmer, WWII pacifist and one of the founders of CORE, protest discrimination on buses. A bus is burned in Alabama, riders are attacked in Birmingham and spend 40-60 days in jail in Jackson, Mississippi. Six months later the Interstate Commerce Commission bans segregation on buses and trains.


1963


Martin Luther King, Jr.   August 28, 1963
Martin Luther King, Jr. makes his "I Have A Dream" speech before 250,000 at the March on Washington, organized by WWII CO and King advisor Bayard Rustin.


1970


Chicago 7   February 20, 1970
Judge Hoffman sentences Dave Dellinger and four other members of the Chicago 7 to prison for violating the Anti-Riot Act of 1968 outside the Chicago Democratic Convention.


1991


May 1991
Gulf War CO Marine Eric Larson is charged with "desertion in time of war," a charge punishable by death, and becomes the first CO since WWI to face a death sentence for his stand. Two thousand five hundred military personnel apply for CO status during the war.


1991


Dave Dellinger   August 27, 1998
David Dellinger, aged 83, is arrested while demonstrating at a nuclear reactor.






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