The Haymarket Affair

May 4, 1886 Chicago, Illinois The Haymarket Affair begins as a peaceful protest that escalates into a full riot The rally began as a both demonstration demanding an 8-hour work day (the standard at the time was 10-hour work days, 6-day work weeks) as well as protest against police shooting union workers the day before.…

The Kent State shooting

May 4, 1970 Kent, Ohio The Ohio National Guard fires into a crowd of unarmed students at Kent State University The students had been protesting the Cambodian Campaign which President Nixon had announced a few days before. The University attempted to halt the protest before it began by handing out flyers indicating the event had…

Man kills 4, including a child, for $16

From the Chicago Daily Tribune Published May 4, 1907 A man detailed the murders of 4 people in a strikingly calm manner. He described impersonating a detective to recruit 2 brothers before leading them into the woods to shoot them and steal the contents of their pockets. He then took their wagon back to their…