Today In History- May 29

Today In History- May 29


WWI Veterans assemble in Washington, DC in the Bonus Army to request cash bonuses promised to them to be paid in 1945.

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Bonus Army demands payment of WWI cash bonuses.

  • Washington D.C., USA

Protesting the failure of the American government to comply with financial obligations, on May 29. 1932, thousands of World War One veterans gathered in Washington D.C. requesting their cash bonuses as veterans.  Known as the Bonus Army, the veterans demanded immediate cashing of their certificates, though they could not be legally redeemed until 1945.  The response influenced the passage of the G.I. Bill in 1941, giving more support for returned veterans from war.  The military was eventually called to put down the violent demonstration.

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