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Much has changed in the 50 years since the shootings including the university's own acknowledgment and acceptance of what happened on that day. At the same time, some questions and mysteries still remain.To mark the 50th anniversary, we consider the lasting impact of the shootings.

Kent State Dedicates the Historical Site of May 4 Shootings, Journalist Dan Rather to Speak

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Dan Rather speaks to a crowd at Kent State Friday, May 4, 2018.

Kent State University today dedicated the site of the May 4, 1970, shootings of 13 students -- killing four -- by Ohio National Guard soldiers as a National Historic Landmark.

Journalist Dan Rather will speak tonight as part of the school's Presidential Speaker Series.

“This was an emotional earthquake for the country to have young national guardsmen firing on young students," Rather says. "Or if you want to use a metaphor, it was a tremendous hammer to the heart.”

The 17 acres of the Kent State campus where students, bystanders and National Guard soldiers met during a protest over the U.S. invasion of Cambodia was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 2010.

The four students killed that day were Allison Krause, Jeffrey Miller, Sandra Scheuer and William Schroeder. Nine people were wounded.