Today in 1954 the Supreme Court declared public school segregation unconstitutional in unanimous Brown v. Board decision via Newseum.
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50 years ago today Martin Luther King, Jr. wrote, “Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere,” in the Letter from Birmingham Jail.
Martin Luther King, Jr. is shot and killed by James Earl Ray outside the Lorraine Motel in Memphis, Tennessee.
King’s last public appearance was the previous night; he made a speech in which he said the following:“We’ve got some difficult days ahead. But it really doesn’t matter with me now, because I’ve been to the mountaintop…And He’s allowed me to go up to the mountain. And I’ve looked over, and I’ve seen the Promised Land. I may not get there with you. But I want you to know tonight that we, as a people, will get to the promised land.”
On this day in 1961, John F. Kennedy became the first President to hold a live televised news conference
The facts about abortion rights on the 40th Anniversary of Roe v. Wade:
- More Americans than ever oppose overturning Roe v. Wade.
- Most religious groups don’t want it overturned either.
- But Republicans are successfully chipping away at abortion rights.
- Following two of the worst years for reproductive freedom since the 1973 Supreme Court decision.
- While House GOP trip over themselves to introduce competing bills defunding Planned Parenthood.
- Most Americans under age 29 don’t know Roe v. Wade is about abortion.
Today in 1789 was the first presidential election. Only white men who owned property were allowed to vote.
See our timeline since 1999 HERE.
December 11, 2012. On Tuesday, 22-year-old Jacob Tyler Roberts killed 2 people and himself with a stolen rifle in Clackamas Town Center, Oregon. His motive is unknown.
September 27, 2012. Five were shot to death by 36-year-old Andrew Engeldinger at Accent Signage Systems in Minneapolis, MN. Three others were wounded. Engeldinger went on a rampage after losing his job, ultimately killing himself.
August 5, 2012. Six Sikh temple members were killed when 40-year-old US Army veteran Wade Michael Page opened fire in a gurdara in Oak Creek, Wisconsin. Four others were injured, and Page killed himself.
July 20, 2012. During the midnight premiere of The Dark Knight Rises in Aurora, CO, 24-year-old James Holmes killed 12 people and wounded 58. Holmes was arrested outside the theater.
May 29, 2012. Ian Stawicki opened fire on Cafe Racer Espresso in Seattle, WA, killing 5 and himself after a citywide manhunt.
April 6, 2012. Jake England, 19, and Alvin Watts, 32, shot 5 black men in Tulsa, Oklahoma, in racially motivated shooting spree. Three died.
April 2, 2012. A former student, 43-year-old One L. Goh killed 7 people at Oikos University, a Korean Christian college in Oakland, CA. The shooting was the sixth-deadliest school massacre in the US and the deadliest attack on a school since the 2007 Virginia Tech massacre.
November 19, 1863: Lincoln Delivers Gettysburg Address
On this day in 1863, President Abraham Lincoln delivered the Gettysburg Address at the dedication of a military cemetery in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania during the American Civil War.
The speech reflected Lincoln’s redefined conviction that the Civil War was not just a fight to maintain the Union but also a struggle for freedom and equality for all. Although the speech consisted of only 272 words, it remains one of the most powerful and memorable discourses in American history.
Read Lincoln’s Gettysburg Address on Ken Burns’s “The Civil War” site.
Photo: Only known and confirmed photograph of Lincoln at Gettysburg, Library of Congress