The Seattle Times Company

NWjobs | NWautos | NWhomes | NWapartments | NWsource | Classifieds |

Making the calendar  |  Timeline  |  Our commitment


April 8, 1968: Rep. John Conyers, D-Mich. submits the first legislation proposing King's birthday as holiday, four days after King was assassinated.

Jan. 15, 1969: About 1,200 automotive-plant workers in North Tarrytown, N.Y., stay home from work in observance of King's birthday. Sixty were suspended and others threatened with disciplinary action.

March 25, 1970: Conyers and Rep. Shirley Chisholm, D-N.Y., announce hearings to study holiday issue after petitions carrying 6 million signatures are submitted to Congress.

April 10, 1970: California passes legislation making King's birthday a school holiday, first state to do so.

July 15, 1970: Seattle School Board designates King's birthday a school holiday starting in 1971. Also, state Rep. George Fleming begins hearings to make the date a legal state holiday.

January 1981: In two incidents, six workers are fired from Seattle's Todd Shipyards after distributing leaflets to support the holiday.

Aug. 2, 1983: House of Representatives approves legislation, 338-90, making birthday a national legal holiday the third Monday in January beginning in 1986.

Oct. 19, 1983: Senate, defying efforts by Sen. Jesse Helms, R-N.C., to sidetrack legislation, approves measure 78-22.

Nov. 2, 1983: Legislation for national holiday signed by President Ronald Reagan.

Feb. 24, 1984: Washington State Legislature approves state school holiday.

Sept. 11, 1984: Seattle City Council makes third Monday in January a holiday for city employees to mark King's birthday.

Jan. 20, 1986: First observance of birthday as a legal holiday nationwide.

Other Education projects

School Guide

Evaluate schools in the Seattle area.

College Guide

Picking a school, getting in and paying for it.

Black History Month crossword

Test your knowledge of these great Americans.

Two Peoples, One Land

Why Israelis and Palestinians are fighting.

Understanding the Conflict

Learn about the people of Afghanistan.

Newspapers In Education

This way for reading, writing and newspapers.