Tuesday, April 28, 2015
PBS, "The Day the 60s Died", about the Kent State shootings in 1970
Tonight PBS aired “The Day the 60s Died”, a historical narrative of the Kent State shootings of studetns by the National Guard at Vietnam-related posts in May 1970, link here.
The Justice Department absolved the Guard of any responsibility and indicted 25 students, even though the students who were killed were bystanders.
Nixon is quoted as quite bellicose and unrelenting on the Vietnam protests, saying the college kids are the luckiest in the world. But in three years he would end the draft (Movies, April 28).
The documentary also relates a 5 Am solitary visit by Nixon to the Lincoln Memorial.
Police would shoot protesters in Mississippi in 1970.
I was on the way to Indianapolis for a job assignment with RCA when this happened.