What Happened on April 4, 1968

Day of the Week: Thursday

Historical Events

  • "Education of Hyman Kaplan" opens at Alvin Theater NYC for 28 performances
  • Apollo 6 launched atop Saturn V; unmanned

MurderAssassination

US civil rights activist Martin Luther King Jr. assassinated in Memphis, Tennessee

Civil Rights Activist Martin Luther King Jr.
Civil Rights Activist
Martin Luther King Jr.

Famous Birthdays

  • Andre Bowden, fullback and linebacker (Frankfurt Galaxy), born in Fuquay-Varina, North Carolina
  • Jennifer Lynch, American film director, screenwriter and author of The Secret Diary of Laura Palmer, born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Famous Deaths


Person of interestMartin Luther King Jr.

Martin Luther King Jr., American clergyman and leader of the Civil Rights Movement (Nobel 1964), assassinated at the Lorraine Hotel in Memphis, Tennessee at 39

Civil Rights Activist Martin Luther King Jr.
Civil Rights Activist
Martin Luther King Jr.