Today is the official U.S. federal holiday to honor Martin Luther King Jr. around his birthday. Many, will reflect on the legacy of the nonviolent pastor and civil rights leader, who was slain in 1968, by participating in the national day of service and volunteering in their communities.
The holiday was officially observed in all 50 states for the first time in 2000.
MORE Good News on this Date:
- Eugene Ely landed an aircraft on a ship, the first time in history [used a tail hook] (1911)
- The Paris Peace Conference opened in Versailles (1919)
- Leningrad was liberated by Soviet forces ending the 3-year Nazi siege of that city (1944)
- Liberation of the Budapest ghetto by the Russian Army (1945)
- A cease fire pact with Israel and Egypt hastened an end to the Yom Kippur War (1974)
- Martin Luther King, Jr. Day was officially observed for the first time in all 50 states (1993)
- Boerge Ousland of Norway became the first person to cross Antarctica alone and unaided (1997)
- In Sierra Leone the civil war was finally declared over (2002)
- The Obama Administration banned US hospitals that receive Medicare and Medicaid funding from prohibiting visitation rights for unmarried or gay partners of patients who designate them as loved ones (2011)
Also, on this day, is the birthday of actor-director-producer-musician (and, baseball lover) Kevin Costner, who turns 61 years old today. (1955)