ON THIS DATE (42 YEARS AGO)
May 4, 1970 – Members of the Ohio National Guard opened fire on a group of Vietnam War protesters at Kent State University in Ohio. A total of 67 shots were fired in 13 seconds, leaving four unarmed students dead and nine others wounded. Prior to the tragedy, The Guard had been called into Kent after several protests in and around campus had become violent, including a riot in downtown Kent and the burning of the ROTC building. After seeing photographs of the incident in LIFE magazine, Neil Young immediately wrote the song “Ohio,” which Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young recorded the next day.