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Today in history: September 16
In 1940, FDR required young American men to register for the draft
World War II U.S. Army infantry soldiers at attention, circa 1940s.
World War II U.S. Army infantry soldiers at attention, circa 1940s. H. ARMSTRONG ROBERTS/Corbis

Sept. 16, 1940: With World War II looming for America, President Franklin Delano Roosevelt signed the Selective Service & Training Act, requiring men ages 21 to 35 to register for the draft.

Sept. 16, 1974: President Gerald Ford announced conditional amnesty for Vietnam War deserters. Ford said draft evaders and deserters would be given amnesty — in return for some form of public service.

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