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May 4, 1970: 4 dead in Ohio

They fired 67 bullets into the crowds of students.



At 12:24 p.m., “members of the Ohio National Guard fired into a crowd of Kent State University demonstrators.” They fired 67 bullets at the protestors.

Odd little known fact: Chrissie Hynde, future star of the Pretenders, and the bassist/singer for Devo, were both in the crowd at Kent State that day.

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Thomas E. Ricks covered the U.S. military from 1991 to 2008 for the Wall Street Journal and then the Washington Post. He can be reached at

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