Today in History: January 21, 1977

Carter Pardons Draft Evaders

Shortly after his inauguration, President Jimmy Carter grants unconditional pardons to tens of thousands of men who who evaded service in the Vietnam War by either failing to register for the draft or by leaving the country. The pardon is granted to most civilians who “violated the Military Selective Service Act by draft-evasion acts or omissions” between Aug. 4, 1964, and March 28, 1973.