On this day, May 4th, in 1970: The US National Guard opened fire on a Vietnam War protest at Kent State University in Ohio, killing four unarmed students and wounding nine more.

Today’s victims:
Jeffrey Glenn Miller; age 20; shot through the mouth; killed instantly
Allison B. Krause; age 19; fatal left chest wound; died later that day
William Knox Schroeder; age 19; fatal chest wound; died almost an hour later in a hospital while undergoing surgery
Sandra Lee Scheuer; age 20; fatal neck wound; died a few minutes later from loss of blood

Joseph Lewis Jr.; hit twice in the right abdomen and left lower leg
John R. Cleary; upper left chest wound
Thomas Mark Grace; struck in left ankle
Alan Michael Canfora; hit in his right wrist
Dean R. Kahler; back wound fracturing the vertebrae, permanently paralyzed from the chest down
Douglas Alan Wrentmore; hit in his right knee
James Dennis Russell; hit in his right thigh from a bullet and in the right forehead by birdshot, both wounds minor
Robert Follis Stamps; hit in his right buttock
Donald Scott MacKenzie; neck wound

Today’s soundtrack: “Ohio” by Crosby, Stills, Nash, and Young and “Where Was Jesus in Ohio?” by Bruce Springsteen.

Today’s book club: Harlan Ellison’s “Alone Against Tomorrow” and Allen Ginsberg’s 1975 poem “Hadda be Playin’ on a Jukebox.”