Martin Luther King Jr., in Memphis for the sanitation workers’ strike, is fatally shot on the balcony of the Lorraine Motel. Gunman James Earl Ray, a white supremacist, flees the country. Over the next week, riots in more than 100 cities nationwide leave 39 people dead, more than 2,600 injured and 21,000 arrested.
April 4, 1968: Martin Luther King Jr. Assassinated
C-SPAN: Martin Luther King Jr. Death Announcement
The Atlantic: The Whitewashing of King’s Assassination