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the 60ths

the king assassination

the cuban missile crisis
the kennedy assassination
the king assassination
the vietnam war
moon landing


King was assassinated the next evening, April 4, 1968, at 6:01 PM, on the balcony of the Lorraine Motel in Memphis, Tennessee, while preparing to lead a local march in support of the predominantly black Memphis sanitation workers' union who was on strike at the time. Friends inside the motel room heard the shot fired and ran to the balcony to find King shot in the throat. He was pronounced dead at St. Joseph's hospital at 7:05 PM . The assassination led to a nationwide wave of riots in more than 60 cities. Five days later, President Lyndon Johnson declared a national day of mourning for the lost civil rights leader. A crowd of 300,000 attended his funeral that same day. LBJ did not attend, and instead sent Vice-President Hubert Humphrey because he was meeting with several advisors and cabinet officers on the Vietnam War in Camp David, and on fears he may be hit with protests and abuses over the war.

for a time line of events around and after the marth luther king assasstion