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1968: The Black Pastor Martin Luther King is murdered at age 38 in Tennessee. Engaged in the fight against segregation, he has remained famous for his "I Have a Dream" speech.
1949: Twelve Western democracies sign the North Atlantic Treaty (NATO) in Washington to deal with the Soviet threat.
1791: The Constituent Assembly decides to transform the Parisian church of Sainte-Geneviève into a civic temple intended to receive the ashes of the great men of the country. Mirabeau will be the first personality buried at Pantheon, followed by Voltaire and Rousseau.