KENT, OHIO — On May 4, 1970 the Ohio National Guard killed four students while trying to disperse an unpermitted anti-war rally at Kent State University.

Then-U.S. President Richard Nixon announced the Cambodian incursion on Thursday April 30, sparking anti-war demonstrations in campuses across the country. Lootings and violence prompted a State of Emergency in the city and the National Guard were mobilised over the weekend.

The situation came to a head the following Monday when the guardsman tried break up a crowd of some 500 anti-war protesters, along with nearly 2,500 spectators. Their advances scattered much of the crowd, but some remained, so the guardsmen decided to return to their original position.

However at least 28 of them turned on the crowd and started shooting. Four were killed and nine wounded in the 13-second volley of gunfire.

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