Publish Date: Oct. 27, 1967
Cover Story: The Banners of Dissent
How TIME Covered the News: Protests against the Vietnam War were nothing new, but backlash against the war hit a high in late 1967, when 100,000 demonstrators took to the Lincoln Memorial (and 35,000 continued on to the Pentagon). Most marchers were peaceful, but others had different intentions.
“A barrage of pop bottles, clubs and tomatoes failed to budge the outer ring of marshals, and military police were summoned from the bowels of the bastion to form a brace of backup rings. A final desperate charge actually breached the security lines, and carried a handful of demonstrators whirling into the rifle butts and truncheons of the rearmost guards at the Pentagon gate. At least ten invaders managed to penetrate the building before they were hurled out—ahead of a counterattacking wave of soldiers vigorously wielding their weapons from port-arms.”