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Kent State Shootings Remembrance in United States

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Kent State Shootings Remembrance Day is a local observance in Kent, Ohio.

Local names

NameLanguage
Kent State Shootings RemembranceEnglish
Recuerdo del Masacre de Kent StateSpanish
הזיכרון מדינת ירי קנטHebrew
كينت ستيت إطلاق النار ذكرىArabic
켄트 주 총격 사건의 기억Korean
Gedenken an das Kent State MassakerGerman

Kent State Shootings Remembrance 2017

Thursday, May 4, 2017

Kent State Shootings Remembrance 2018

Friday, May 4, 2018
List of dates for other years

Each year on May 4, students, activists, and survivors gather at Kent State University in Ohio to mark the anniversary of the Kent State massacre in 1970.

The students taking part in the demonstrations on May 4, 1970, protested against the U.S. involvement in the Vietnam War.
The students taking part in the demonstrations on May 4, 1970, protested against the U.S. involvement in the Vietnam War.
©bigstockphoto.com/igor stevanovic

What Do People Do?

The May 4 Task Force (M4TF), a student organization at Kent State University, organizes a number of commemorative events. These usually include discussions, speeches, concerts, and a candlelight march around campus. The activities are open to the general public.

Events are also held at the May 4 Visitors Center, which was opened in 2013.

Public Life

Kent State Shootings Remembrance Day is a local observance at Kent State University only. It is not an official holiday.

Background

On May 4, 1970, members of the Ohio National Guard shot and killed 4 students peacefully protesting against the United States' involvement in the Vietnam War. 9 students were wounded during the event. The perpetrators were never brought to justice.

John Paul Filo's Pulitzer Prize-winning photo of the incident is considered one of the historically most significant images of the era. It shows Mary Ann Vecchio kneeling over the body of one of the victims, Jeffrey Miller.

The incident had a great impact on the political atmosphere both in the U.S. and internationally, radicalizing the opposition to the military engagement in the Vietnam conflict. Following the event, about 8 million students took part in a national hunger strike, closing down hundreds of universities and schools across the United States.

The protests were triggered by a speech by U.S. President Nixon on April 30, 1970, in which he announced the extension of the war efforts to Cambodia.

Kent State Shootings Remembrance Observances

WeekdayDateYearNameHoliday typeWhere it is observed
FriMay 41990Kent State Shootings RemembranceLocal observanceOhio
SatMay 41991Kent State Shootings RemembranceLocal observanceOhio
MonMay 41992Kent State Shootings RemembranceLocal observanceOhio
TueMay 41993Kent State Shootings RemembranceLocal observanceOhio
WedMay 41994Kent State Shootings RemembranceLocal observanceOhio
ThuMay 41995Kent State Shootings RemembranceLocal observanceOhio
SatMay 41996Kent State Shootings RemembranceLocal observanceOhio
SunMay 41997Kent State Shootings RemembranceLocal observanceOhio
MonMay 41998Kent State Shootings RemembranceLocal observanceOhio
TueMay 41999Kent State Shootings RemembranceLocal observanceOhio
ThuMay 42000Kent State Shootings RemembranceLocal observanceOhio
FriMay 42001Kent State Shootings RemembranceLocal observanceOhio
SatMay 42002Kent State Shootings RemembranceLocal observanceOhio
SunMay 42003Kent State Shootings RemembranceLocal observanceOhio
TueMay 42004Kent State Shootings RemembranceLocal observanceOhio
WedMay 42005Kent State Shootings RemembranceLocal observanceOhio
ThuMay 42006Kent State Shootings RemembranceLocal observanceOhio
FriMay 42007Kent State Shootings RemembranceLocal observanceOhio
SunMay 42008Kent State Shootings RemembranceLocal observanceOhio
MonMay 42009Kent State Shootings RemembranceLocal observanceOhio
TueMay 42010Kent State Shootings RemembranceLocal observanceOhio
WedMay 42011Kent State Shootings RemembranceLocal observanceOhio
FriMay 42012Kent State Shootings RemembranceLocal observanceOhio
SatMay 42013Kent State Shootings RemembranceLocal observanceOhio
SunMay 42014Kent State Shootings RemembranceLocal observanceOhio
MonMay 42015Kent State Shootings RemembranceLocal observanceOhio
WedMay 42016Kent State Shootings RemembranceLocal observanceOhio
ThuMay 42017Kent State Shootings RemembranceLocal observanceOhio
FriMay 42018Kent State Shootings RemembranceLocal observanceOhio
SatMay 42019Kent State Shootings RemembranceLocal observanceOhio
MonMay 42020Kent State Shootings RemembranceLocal observanceOhio

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