This Day in History: April 4

Martin Luther King, Jr.

1968 – Martin Luther King, Jr., assassinated On this day in 1968, Martin Luther King, Jr., a leader of the American civil rights movement who was in Memphis, Tennessee, to support a strike by the city’s sanitation workers, was assassinated by James Earl Ray.


2002 – After 27 years of fighting, the Angolan government and UNITA signed a cease-fire agreement that ended the country’s civil war.

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2000 – The government of South Korea ordered some 85 percent of the country’s livestock markets closed in an attempt to end an outbreak of foot-and-mouth disease that had struck Asian livestock.

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