On This Day

What Happened on April 4, 1968

Article: 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

USAMartin 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

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Front page of The Washington Post on April 7, 1968, three days after the assassination of Martin Luther King
Front page of The Washington Post on April 7, 1968, three days after the assassination of Martin Luther King
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MurderAssassination

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

Civil Rights Activist Martin Luther King Jr.
Civil Rights Activist
Martin Luther King Jr.
Assassin of Martin Luther King Jr. James Earl Ray
Assassin of Martin Luther King Jr.
James Earl Ray

Famous Birthdays

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

Famous Deaths


MurderMartin 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.

1968 Highlights

About April 4, 1968

Day of the Week: Thursday
How Long Ago? 52 years, 7 months and 25 days
Leap Year: Yes

Generation Generation X
Chinese Zodiac: Monkey
Star Sign: Aries