Kent State Massacre- This Day 1970

“Tin soldiers and Nixon’s comin’ we’re finally on our own, this summer i hear the callin’ four dead in Ohio.”-Neil Young

On this day in 1970 students at Kent State University in Kent, Ohio were protesting the United States invasion of Cambodia.It was a Monday 12:24pm  when all hell broke loose. After a series of disturbances in the city of Kent that weekend, the Ohio National Guard was sent to Kent State University and they opened fire on the students who were protesting-killing four unarmed students and wounding nine others. The Ohio State National Guard shot 67 rounds over a period of 13 seconds.

We are living in troubled times today but I surely wouldn’t want to relive the time between November 22nd,1963 and August 9th,1974. The 1960’s had their moments for sure [The Beatles, The Moon Landing} but it had more awful moments than great ones.

I remember where I was on this day 44 years ago. I was 9 years old and a stone cold baseball fanatic. My grandparents took me to the Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown. We were on our way home when the news came on the radio of what was going down at Kent State.


4 responses to “Kent State Massacre- This Day 1970

  1. We share something there…I was also 9 years old but still in England at the time and have no memory of this but the moon landing was a big deal…they brought TV’s in class at school so we could watch the Americans.

    • The moon landing was the bomb!! I wanted to be an astronaut….. I wonder how big of a news story the Kent State Massacre was in England?

    • It was not big enough to get down to the 9 year old level-so I got nothing…but the moon landing was something as we went to school year round in the old country and the time around July 4th is not celebrated there like here for some odd reason?

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