In response to Richard Nixon’s offensive in Cambodia, begun on April 30, 1970, students all over the nation began to protest. In Kent, Ohio, the home of the state’s regional college, Kent State University, the protests were fierce. Republican Governor James Rhodes, a “law and order” type, brought in the National Guard and personally oversaw operations there on May 2, 1970. The tragedy occured two days later. Four United States citizens were gunned down.
Let us weep. Here’s a good place to read all about it. Kent State, 1970.
As an aside, I was 13 years old when Kent State happened. I lived 12 miles away in Hudson, Ohio. Students often came to Hudson to play frisbee on our idyllic village green. Our family had dear friends in Kent, and we went in the family station wagon to help them get out. One of the most indelible memories I have is of National Guard snipers in the trees around the local school.