This Day In History - Martin Luther King Jr. Killed 1968

Martin Luther King Jr. Killed 1968

Sunday, April 4, 2021

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Event Description

Just after 6 p.m. on April 4, 1968, Martin Luther King Jr. is fatally shot while standing on the balcony outside his second-story room at the Lorraine Motel in Memphis, Tennessee. The civil rights leader was in Memphis to support a sanitation workers' strike and was on his way to dinner when a bullet struck him in the jaw and severed his spinal cord. King was pronounced dead after his arrival at a Memphis hospital. He was 39 yearsold.

Event Location

Memphis, Tenn, United States