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January 20, 1986

Martin Luther King, Jr. Day is First Observed
as a Federal Holiday

On this day in 1986, Martin Luther King, Jr. Day was first celebrated as a national holiday due to a bill signed by President Ronald Reagan at the White House Rose Garden on November 2, 1983. It was not offically observed in all 50 U.S. states until January 17, 2000

Martin Luther King, Jr. was an African American Babtist minister and a leader of the American civil rights movement. He is considered one of the greatest orators in American history and is especially known for his "I Have a Dream" speech. He is also the youngest person ever to win a Nobel Peace Prize.