On this day: October 15

POSTED: 10:59 PM Oct 11 2012   UPDATED: 12:00 AM Oct 15 2013

Napoleon goes into exile, "I Love Lucy" debuts, vice-presidential candidates debate for the first time, Wayne Gretzky sets the NHL's points record, and the nation meets "Balloon Boy" and his family, all on this day.

OTD October 15 - draft cards
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1965: David J. Miller burns his draft card at an anti-war rally in Manhattan staged by the Catholic Worker Movement. Three days later, Miller would become the first person arrested under a new amendment to the Selective Service Act that included criminal penalties for anybody who "knowingly destroys, knowingly mutilates" a draft card. Although the act of burning a draft card was defended as a symbolic form of free speech, the U.S. Supreme Court eventually would rule in January 1968 that the federal law was justified and that it was unrelated to the freedom of speech.


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