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May 04, 2005

May the Fourth

This day in history:

May 4, 1626

Barely holding their laughter at the gullibility of the pale-skinned travelers from across the ocean, nomadic Native Americans traveling through what would one day become Manhattan Island, sell the island, something in their culture inconceivable that an individual could own, to Dutch explorer Peter Minuit for $24 in cloth and buttons. White people are such suckers, aren't they.

May 4, 1776

Rhode Island declares independence from England. England responded, “Rhode what?”

May 4, 1970

Angered by the expansion of the Vietnam war into Cambodia, students at Kent State University in Kent, Ohio, demonstrated violently, eventually burning the Army Reserve Officers Training Corps building to the ground. The National Guard was called in and martial law was declared. On the night of the 4th, police and guardsmen drove students into their dormitories and made 69 arrests. A National Guard jeep drove onto the Commons and an officer ordered the crowd to disperse. When students ignored the authorities, several canisters of tear gas were fired, and the students fled up a hill that borders the area and retreated into buildings.

A platoon of guardsmen, armed- as they have been since they arrived here with loaded M-1 rifles and gas equipment - moved across the green and over the crest of the hill, chasing the main body of protesters.

The youths split into two groups, one heading farther downhill toward a dormitory complex, the other eddying around a parking lot and girls' dormitory just below Taylor Hall, the architecture building.

The guardsmen moved into a grassy area just below the parking lot and fired several canisters of tear gas from their short, stubby launchers.

Three or four youths ran to the smoking canisters and hurled them back. Most fell far short, but one landed near the troops and a cheer went up from the crowd, which was chanting "Pigs off campus" and cursing the war.

A few youths in the front of the crowd ran into the parking lot and hurled stones or small chunks of pavement in the direction of the guardsmen. Then the troops began moving back up the hill in the direction of the college.

With 500 angry students behind them, and the rest in front of them, the small band of National Guardsmen were pelted with rocks from the mob.

Sylvester Del Corso, Adjutant General of the Ohio National Guard, said in a statement that the guardsmen had been forced to shoot after a sniper opened fire against the troops from a nearby rooftop and the crowd began to move to encircle the guardsmen.

Frederick P. Wenger, the Assistant Adjutant General, said the troops had opened fire after they were shot at by a sniper.

The New York Times reporter at the scene claimed he heard no sniper fire, but then he wasn't having large rocks bounced off of his helmet, either.

The hospital said that six young people were being treated for gunshot wounds, some in the intensive care unit. Three of the students who were killed were dead on arrival at the hospital.

One guardsman was treated and released at the hospital and another was admitted with head prostration.

Four students died of gunshot wounds.

The students claimed they were protesting the government's use of violence to solve problems in Asia.

coverage: WizBang

Posted by Danny Carlton at May 4, 2005 10:46 AM

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Is that $24 in 1626$'s or in current dollars? If it is 1626 dollars, then adjusting for inflation might not make it such a bad deal.

Posted by: Steve at May 4, 2005 12:32 PM

It would be 1626 "dollars". It still wouldn't be what that land is worth today, I doubt it would be what that size of an island would go for nowadays, regardless of location.

Posted by: Danny Carlton at May 4, 2005 01:45 PM

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