Inmate George Jackson is shot and killed by a guard at the San Quentin Prison in California.
In honor of George Jackson's death, a hunger strike is called at Attica.
Three hundred prisoners occupy the hospital area to dramatize the sub-standard health facilities.
Commissioner Oswald visits Attica and meets briefly with Frank Lott, Chairman of the Attica Liberation Faction. Oswald left a recorded message, assuring the inmates that changes would be made but he needed more time to implement the requested changes.
There is an altercation between correctional officers and two prisoners, who are most likely beaten later that day for their alleged involvement.
The revolt begins. A group of fifteen to twenty-five prisoners overpower four correctional officers and lock them in cells. The prisoners also create a committee to negotiate with Commissioner Oswald.
As the uprising continues, prisoners elect representatives and allow 33 citizen observers to enter D Yard for a short period of time to aid in negotiations.
Rockefeller refuses to come to Attica to aid in negotiations and the prisoners' demand for amnesty. The prisoners reject the proposed 28 points package because they did not trust the state to meet any of the promises.
The uprising continues. Oswald and Governor Rockefeller resolve to retake the prison by force if their next demand to release the hostages is refused.
Known as Bloody Monday, Governor Rockefeller orders thousands of military troops and correctional officers to attack the prisoners. A helicopter flies over the prison yard, spraying tear gas. Hundreds of prisoners are shot and nine of the hostages are killed.
Contrary to early claims from prison officials that several hostages died of slashed throats, the cause of death is gunshot wounds from law-enforcement firearms.
Demonstrations protesting the massacre at Attica begin in New York and around the nation. Beatings and harassment of prisoners continues. Ultimately, 62 inmates and one State Trooper are indicted for their role in the Attica Prison Riot.