On This Day

What Happened on April 4, 1968

Martin Luther King Shot Dead

Historical Events

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

Martin Luther King Assassination Riots

Riots break out in over 100 cities in the United States following the assassination of African-American civil rights activist Martin Luther King Jr

Assassination

US civil rights activist Martin Luther King Jr. is assassinated by James Earl Ray at the Lorraine Hotel in Memphis, Tennessee


Famous Birthdays

  • Jennifer Lynch, American film director, screenwriter and author of The Secret Diary of Laura Palmer, born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Famous Deaths

AssassinationMartin 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

1968 Highlights

About April 4, 1968

Day of the Week: Thursday
How Long Ago? 53 years, 8 months and 2 days
Leap Year: Yes

Generation: Generation X
Chinese Zodiac: Monkey
Star Sign: Aries