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Today In History

Sun., May 4, 1997, midnight

In 1886: At Haymarket Square in Chicago, a labor demonstration for an eight-hour workday turned into a riot when a bomb exploded.

In 1942: The Battle of the Coral Sea began during World War II.

In 1961: A group of “Freedom Riders” left Washington, D.C., for New Orleans to challenge racial segregation on buses and in bus terminals.

In 1970: Ohio National Guardsmen opened fire on anti-war protesters at Kent State University, killing four students and wounding nine others.


 
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