Jackie Robinson acquitted in court martial trial

Jackie Robinson acquitted of reduced charges of alleged insubordination; the actual incident on the bus that had precipitated his prosecution was not mentioned in the charges or at the trial.

Robinson was acquitted by an all-white panel of nine officers.

Although Robinson's former unit, the 761st Tank Battalion, eventually become the first black tank unit to see combat in World War II, Robinson's court-martial proceedings prohibited him from being deployed overseas, and he never saw combat action.