This Day in History 1970: Ohio National Guard Kills Kent State University Students

On this day in 1970 four students were killed during an assault on Kent State University campus by Ohio National Guard carrying M1 rifles with bayonets attached:

Source: Kent State University’s 2021 Virtual Commemoration of May 4, 1970.

…three shot in the chest and one in the head… with some injured by bayonets…

  • Allison Krause
  • Jeffrey Miller
  • Sandra Scheuer
  • William Schroeder

In total over a dozen people were shot by the National Guard in the back and side, including innocent bystanders walking away or standing elsewhere. All unarmed, all far away.

Source: Kent State University’s 2021 Virtual Commemoration of May 4, 1970.

Who gave the order to shoot?

Source: Pulitzer

Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young wrote their iconic song “Ohio” immediately upon seeing the photographs in the news.

Tin soldiers and Nixon’s comin’… Four Dead in Ohio… soldiers are cutting us down

That single was out on the street in 10 days… The message was very simple… [America was] killing our own children in support of secret mass slaughter in Cambodia…

Kent State University 2021 Virtual Commemoration:

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