Today In History

Martin Luther King and son find a burned cross on their lawn.

The LATimes reminds us:


“On this date in 1968, the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. was shot and killed as he was standing on the balcony of the Lorraine Motel in Memphis, Tenn. The night before, facing death threats, King was well aware of his own mortality when he gave what’s become known as the “I’ve Been to the Mountaintop” speech. The assassination shook the nation, and, as a Times oral history on the 50th anniversary last year showed, it is seared in the memories of those who experienced it.”


 

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  1. Kiwiwriter says:

    It was also the day that NASA test-launched (with not much success) the first Saturn V, the most powerful transportation system invented by man, and the first moon rocket.

    It was an unmanned test, and it got off the pad, but things didn’t go very well. The next Saturn V launch was manned, Apollo 8, that December.

    Yet another occasion that two world-shattering things happened on the same day, one of them forever remembered, the other utterly forgotten.

    Here’s another:

    August 4, 1914.

    The event we all remember:

    Germany invades Belgium — World War I starts.

    The event we all forgot:

    Opening of the Panama Canal — first ship sails through it.

    It still upsets me that Anne Frank and Dr. King were both born in the same year, and both denied full lives for the same reason….mindless hate.

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  2. FELINE MAMA says:

    Rev. King was one of the most bravest men I knew in my lifetime. He was always in the line of fire & being threatened. He still never backed down. He kept fighting for civil rights for all. Even that morning after death threats, he went out on that balcony. He would’ve made a great president.
    Speaking of “bravery” (cough cough) & the presidency, I read Coward in Chief is holding up in the WH. Paranoid??

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  3. w3ski4me says:

    Just like when President Kennedy was assassinated, I remember it too well. I wasn’t following the news in 9th Grade, especially during class so I had no idea what was up. We had an immediate recess. With all of us kids milling about behind the school fence wondering why. Our Dean of boys called me (a white longhaired kid) over and said: “I can’t tell you what to do but if I were you, I’d go home now”. Any excuse to cut school was fine and when the “Dean” tells you to go, we went. There was no riot that day as there were many other days in Berkeley in the ’60s. Scary times though. It was only later that others explained the significance of the day.
    w3ski

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    • FELINE MAMA says:

      Yes, I remember that day. I was in 11th grade. I played hooky. When my folks left for work(I hid out in my closet) I turned on the tv. I was in shock. Can this be?? Can this happen?
      That was my first, of many days, years, of horrendous murders to come in my lifetime.
      JFK, MLK, RFK, John Lennon. FUCK!!!

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