April 4, 1968: Civil rights leader, Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. is shot to death at a hotel in Memphis, Tennessee. A single shot fired by James Earl Ray from over 200 feet away at a nearby motel struck King in the neck. He died an hour later at St. Joseph’s Hospital.
Photo: Ralph Abernathy, with Mrs. Martin Luther King and her children lead a massive march through through the streets of Memphis on April 8, 1968 (Art Shay/Time & Life Pictures/Getty)