Kent State shootings  

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"Four dead in Ohio."

--"Ohio" (1971) by Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young

"When they shot them down at Kent State that was the end of the Flower Power era. That was it. You just throw your flowers and rocks at us, man, and we'll pull the guns on you. Essentially, the revolution, which was sort of tolerated as long as it wasn't a significant material threat, was not tolerated anymore. And everybody went 'Ooops' and scurried for cover and licked their wounds. They became isolated – which was the point of it all. Because the less togetherness there is, the more room there is for exploitation."--Peter Tork in When The Music Mattered: Rock In The 1960s (1984) by Bruce Pollock

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Kunstformen der Natur (1904) by Ernst Haeckel
Kunstformen der Natur (1904) by Ernst Haeckel

The Kent State shootings (also known as the May 4 massacre or the Kent State massacre), were the shootings on May 4, 1970, of unarmed college students by the Ohio National Guard at Kent State University in Kent, Ohio, during a rally against the expanding involvement of the Vietnam War into neutral Cambodia by United States military forces as well as the National Guard presence on campus. The shooting deaths marked the first time that a student had been killed in an anti-war rally in United States history.

In a span of 13 seconds, 28 helmeted National Guard soldiers wielding M-1 rifles with fixed bayonets fired 67 rounds in unison at the unsuspecting crowd. Students Allison Krause, 19, Jeffrey Miller, 20, Sandra Scheuer, 20, and William Schroeder, 19, were killed and nine others were injured, one of whom suffered permanent paralysis.

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