ON THIS DAY IN UNITED STATES HISTORY
May 4, 1970
Kent State Shooting Occurs
On this day in 1970, four students from Kent State University were killed and nine injured when the Ohio National Guard were sent in response to a protest being held by some of the students.
The protest was a result of the American invasion of Cambodia which was looked at as an expansion of the Vietnam war at a time when Nixon claimed we were trying to bring it to an end.
Eight of the guardsmen were indicted by a grand jury but claimed self-defense. Charges were later dismissed by the judge who determined the prosecution's case was too weak.