American civil rights leader Martin Luther King, Jr. (1929 - 1968) at a press conference in London, September 1964.(Photo by Reg Lancaster/Daily Express/Hulton Archive/Getty Images)

On this day back on April 4, 1968, Martin Luther King Jr., the most important leader of the civil rights movement, was killed in Memphis at the age of 39.

Watch Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s ‘I Have A Dream’ Speech:

Below are some things you may not have known about Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.:

  1. His name was originally Michael, not Martin.  His father was also Michael King, hence why Martin Luther King Jr. was originally named Michael King Jr. (source)
  2. King Jr. skipped two grades in high school, 9th and 11th, and entered college (Moorehouse College) at the tender age of 15 in 1944.  By 19, he received a bachelor’s degree in sociology. (source)
  3. His honeymoon was spent at a funeral parlor… not because someone died, simply because a friend owned the parlor and offered to let him use it for his honeymoon. (source)
  4. King is to date the youngest male to win a Nobel Peace Prize, winning it in 1964 at the age of 35 (at the time he was the youngest overall for the Peace Prize).  The youngest ever to win the Peace prize today is Malala Yousafzai who won it in 2014 at the age of 17. (source)
  5. Today over 700 streets in the United States are named after Martin Luther King Jr., with one such street in almost every major city.  This is not even counting the amazing number of buildings, schools, and the like named after him. (source)
  6. Martin Luther King Jr. was nearly assassinated a decade earlier than his ultimate death.  While on a book tour, signing copies of his book Stride Toward Freedom, on September 20, 1958, King was approached by Izola Ware Curry who asked him if he was Martin Luther King Jr., which he of course replied affirmatively. (source)
  7. Martin Luther King Jr.’s “I Have a Dream” speech was not his first at the Lincoln Memorial. (source)
  8. Martin Luther King Jr. was jailed 29 times. (source)
  9. Martin Luther King Jr.’s mother was also slain by a bullet. (source)
  10. Martin Luther King Jr. received his doctorate in systematic theology. (source)

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