it's hard to believe that 39 years ago today, on may 4, 1970, the ohio national guard shot and killed 4 students, and wounded 9 others, on the campus of kent state university - in what some refer to as the kent state massacre. why? because of a grotesque overreaction to student protests against u.s. military action in cambodia - an escalation of the war in vietnam!
"In all, 29 of the 77 guardsmen claimed to have fired their weapons, using a final total of 67 bullets. The shooting was determined to have lasted only 13 seconds, although a New York Times reporter stated that "it appeared to go on, as a solid volley, for perhaps a full minute or a little longer." The question of why the shots were fired remains widely debated."
find some time and listen to crosby, stills, nash & young's "ohio" today.