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Martin Luther King Day

Monday, January 20, 2014

Martin Luther King Day

Date When Celebrated: The third Monday in January.

Born on January 15, 1929, Martin Luther King Jr. grew to become one of the greatest Social Activists the world has ever known. At 35, he became the youngest person to win the Nobel Peace prize. He was assassinated on April 4, 1968 while making a speech from the balcony of his hotel room in Memphis, Tennessee.

His birthday became a National Holiday by an act of Congress in 1983. Many consider it a day to serve your community.

More Information:

The MLK Story

"I've Been to the Mountain Top" Speech given on April 3, 1968 in Memphis, Tennessee the day before he was assassinated.

Martin Luther King Day Quotes

This Day in History January 20th

The Kingdom of Great Britain signs a peace treaty with France and Spain, officially ending hostilities in the American Revolutionary War (also known as the American War of Independence). (1783)

Invading Siamese forces attempt to exploit the political chaos in Vietnam, but are ambushed and annihilated at the Mekong River by the Tay Son in the Battle of Rạch Gầm-Xoài Mút. (1785)

The third and main part of First Fleet arrives at Botany Bay. Arthur Phillip decides that Botany Bay is unsuitable for the location of a penal colony, and decides to move to Port Jackson. (1788)

L.A. Thompson patents the roller coaster. (18850

The United States Senate allows the Navy to lease Pearl Harbor as a naval base. (1887)

The American Civil Liberties Union is founded. (1920)

In Old Arizona, the first full-length talking motion picture filmed outdoors, is released. (1929)

Fujifilm, the photographic and electronics company, is founded in Tokyo, Japan. (1934)

A German officer is murdered in Bucharest, Romania, sparking a rebellion and pogrom by the Iron Guard, killing 125 Jews and 30 soldiers. (1941)

World War II: At the Wannsee Conference held in the Berlin suburb of Wannsee, senior Nazi German officials discuss the implementation of the "Final Solution to the Jewish Question". (1942)

World War II: Germany begins the evacuation of 1.8 million people from East Prussia, a task which will take nearly two months. (1945)

Point Four Program a program for economic aid to poor countries announced by United States President Harry S. Truman in his inaugural address for a full term as President. (1949)

The National Negro Network is established with 40 charter member radio stations. (1954)

Twenty minutes after Ronald Reagan is inaugurated, at age 69 the oldest man ever to be inaugurated as U.S. President, Iran releases 52 American hostages. (1981)

Martin Luther King, Jr. Day is celebrated as a federal holiday for the first time. (1986)

Church of England envoy Terry Waite is kidnapped in Lebanon. (1987)

Air Inter Flight 148, an Airbus A320-111, crashes into a mountain near Strasbourg, France killing 87 of the 96 people on board. A design flaw in the computer mode selection system resulted in the crew selecting the wrong rate of descent. (1992)

The China News Service announces new government restrictions on Internet use, aimed especially at Internet cafés. (1999)

Witnesses report seeing a bottlenose whale swimming in the River Thames, the first time the species had been seen in the Thames since records began in 1913. (2006)

A three-man team, using only skis and kites, completes a 1,093-mile (1,759 km) trek to reach the southern pole of inaccessibility for the first time since 1958 and for the first time ever without mechanical assistance. (2007)
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