On May 4th, 1970 Ohio National Guard troops opened fire on unarmed students at Kent State University who were protesting the American invasion of Cambodia. In a period of 13 seconds, the National Guard troops wounded nine and killed four. This map, prepared for the Commission on Campus Unrest, shows “the Commons” area on the Kent State Campus, the movement of the National Guardsmen, and the locations where students were shot.
Don’t leave home without a hat.
A hundred years ago — and that’s when this picture was taken, in 1912 — men didn’t leave home without a hat. Boys wore caps. This is a socialist political rally in Union Square in Manhattan. There may be a bare head or two in this crowd, but I think those heads are women.
So what happened? Why did guys stop wearing headgear in mid-century America?
The turning point, most people say, was John F. Kennedy’s inauguration. Before Kennedy, all presidents wore top hats on their first day at work. Kennedy brought one, but hardly ever put it on. Fashionistas say Kennedy, one of our most charismatic presidents, made hats un-happen. And, chronologically speaking, after JFK, guys everywhere, even balding ones like astronaut John Glenn, went topless. -Robert Krulwich
(Photo credit: The Library of Congress/via flickr)
I cross this very street at the same light every day. Yikes.
UT Student gets hit by Capital Metro Bus today
There’s nothing frightening about [Romney] being a Mormon to me. Apparently some in the Republican Party’s evangelical base think otherwise… You can’t cherry pick the worst aspects of a religion and hold a person responsible for it… It’s not like Mitt Romney will pursue policies that are unfair to black people because he’s a Mormon. He’ll do that because he’s a Republican.
Last Day Of Classes Sword Fight in the middle of Guadalupe Street, University of Texas at Austin. A longstanding tradition.
On this day in music history: May 3, 1982 - “Pornography”, the fourth studio album by The Cure is released. Produced by Phil Thornalley and The Cure, it is recorded at RAK Studio One in London from January - February 1982. Part three in a trilogy of albums that includes “Seventeen Seconds” and “Faith”, it will be a career defining release for the band, and a high water mark for the goth music genre and subculture. Much of the material will be written and recorded while The Cure is in a state of flux, though it will become their most successful album to date in the UK and broaden their cult following in the US. “Pornography” will peak at #8 on the UK album chart.