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Tuesday, January 31, 2006 - Page updated at 07:42 AM


Events in the life of Coretta Scott King

The Associated Press

Key events in the life of Coretta Scott King:

April 27, 1927 — Coretta Scott is born in Perry County, Ala.

1947 — Begins attending Antioch College in Yellow Springs, Ohio. She would earn a bachelor's in music and education and later study concert singing at Boston's New England Conservatory of Music.

June 18, 1953 — Marries the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. in Marion, Ala.

Nov. 17, 1955 — Yolanda Denise is born in Montgomery, Ala.

Jan. 30, 1956 — A bomb is thrown onto the Kings' Montgomery home. Coretta King is in the house with baby Yolanda. No one is injured.

Oct. 23, 1957 — Martin Luther King III is born in Montgomery.

Feb. 2, 1958 — Spends a month with her husband in India studying Gandhi's techniques of nonviolence as guests of Prime Minister Jawaharal Nehru.

Jan. 24, 1960 — The King family moves from Montgomery to Atlanta, where King becomes co-pastor of Ebenezer Baptist Church with his father.

Jan. 30, 1961 — Dexter Scott King is born in Atlanta.

March 28, 1963 — Bernice Albertine King is born in Atlanta.

Aug. 28, 1963 — At the March on Washington, King delivers his "I Have A Dream" speech at the Lincoln Memorial.

April 4, 1968 — King is assassinated in Memphis, Tenn.

June 26, 1968 — Coretta King founds the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Center in Atlanta.

March 27, 1979 — Testifies for the first time before joint hearings of Congress in support of a national holiday honoring Martin Luther King Jr.

Nov. 3, 1983 — President Reagan signs a bill establishing the third Monday of every January as the Martin Luther King Jr. National Holiday.

Jan. 20, 1986 — First national celebration of the King holiday

Aug. 16, 2005 — Suffers a stroke.

Jan 16, 2006 — Watches the King Day ceremonies on television, the 20th anniversary of the federal holiday.

Jan. 31, 2006 — The family announces she died overnight.

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