Kent State University student Dean Kahler, who was paralyzed from the waist down by a National Guardsmans bullet on May 4, leads a candlelight procession in Sept 1970. (Don Roese/Akron Beacon Journal file photo). Dean Kahler was a member of the pacifist Church of the Brethren. He was against the war in Vietnam, in fact, any war. He was simply a first-quarter freshman, straight off the farm, who wanted to see what went on at a student demonstration. May 4, 1970, was his first anti-war rally.
Jimmie Lee Jackson was a young, unarmed civil rights protestor who was shot by an Alabama State Trooper in 1965. Jackson’s death inspired the Selma to Montgomery marches, an important event in the American Civil Rights movement.
In 1871, American inventor Margaret Knight patented a machine for making flat-bottomed paper bags -- the same kind we use today. She started her inventing career at age 12, when she designed a device to help prevent injuries in textile mills.