Martin Luther King Jr.
April 4, 1968: Martin Luther King Jr. was assassinated, and mayors of St. Louis and Kansas City made many appeals for calm. There was rioting in the St. Louis jail and in much of Kansas City. The man convicted of the murder was James Earl Ray, an escapee from Missouri’s State Penitentiary.
This post was contributed by Ross Malone. A historian and a retired school teacher, Ross has authored many books about Missouri’s history, weird facts, and folk tales. He has also written children’s historical fiction. Visit his website, and buy his books in the Missouri Life store.