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On May fourth, 1970, Ohio National Guardsmen
opened fire on anti-war protesters at Kent
State University, killing four students and wounding
On this date:
In 1626, Dutch explorer Peter
Minuit landed on present-day Manhattan Island.
In 1776, Rhode
Island declared its freedom from England, two
months before the Declaration of Independence was
In 1886, at
Haymarket Square in Chicago, a labor
demonstration for an eight-hour work day turned
into a riot when a bomb exploded.
In 1927, the
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences was
In 1932, mobster
Al Capone, convicted of income-tax evasion,
entered the federal penitentiary in Atlanta.
In 1942, the
Battle of the Coral Sea, the first naval clash
fought entirely with carrier aircraft, began
during World War Two.
In 1945, during
World War Two, German forces in the Netherlands,
Denmark and northwest Germany agreed to
In 1961, a group
of "Freedom Riders" left Washington for
New Orleans to challenge racial segregation in
interstate buses and bus terminals.
In 1980, Marshal
Josip Broz Tito, president of Yugoslavia, died
three days before his 88th birthday.
In 1994, Israeli
Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin and PLO leader
Yasser Arafat signed a historic accord on
Palestinian autonomy that granted self-rule in
the Gaza Strip and Jericho.
Ten years ago: The
South African government and the African National
Congress concluded historic talks in Cape Town
with a joint statement agreeing on a "common
commitment toward the resolution of the existing
climate of violence."
Five years ago: An
Iranian nuclear official said spent fuel from
Iran's Russian-made reactors, potential raw
material for nuclear bombs, would be returned to
Russia for safeguarding.
One year ago: Work
crews struggled to restore electricity across
Serbia after NATO strikes on major power grids
left Belgrade and other cities in the dark. Five
New York police officers went on trial for the
torture of Haitian immigrant Abner Louima. (One
officer later pleaded guilty; a second was
convicted; the other three were acquitted.)
Tornadoes roared across the Plains for a second
"Nothing worth doing
is completed in our lifetime; therefore, we must
be saved by hope."
Reinhold Niebuhr, American theologian