Martin Luther King, Jr. - January 17

Learning About Our History

Monday, January 17, 2022

Today is Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, Benjamin Franklin Day, National Hot Buttered Rum Day, and Elementary School Teacher's Day.

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Songs of the Day
Today's Theme: Martin Luther King, Jr.


  • 1562 - French Protestants are recognized under the Edict of St. Germain.
  • 1893 - Hawaii's monarchy is overthrown and Queen Liliuokalani is forced to abdicate.
  • 1917 - The U.S. pays Denmark $25 million for the Virgin Islands.
  • 1920 - The Volstead Act goes into effect and prohibition begins in the United States.
  • 1950 - Thieves steal more than $2 million from the Brink's armored car company's offices in Boston. in what became known as the Brink's Robbery.
  • 1991 - Operation Desert Storm begins when aircraft strike targets in Iraq.
  • 1994 - A magnitude 6.7 earthquake strikes Southern California, killing at least 61 people and causing $20 billion worth of damage



  • U2 - Pride (In The Name of Love) - LISTEN
  • Nina Simone - Why? (The King of Love Is Dead) - LISTEN
  • Patty Griffin Up to the Mountain - LISTEN
  • Common and John Legend - Glory - LISTEN
  • Marvin Gaye - Abraham, Martin, and John - LISTEN

THEME:  Martin Luther King, Jr.

  • Grades 2-5 - All About the Holidays - Martin Luther King Day (1:34) - VIEW
  • Grades 3-7 - PBS LearningMedia - Martin Luther King Jr.: Civil Rights Leader (5:09) - VIEW
  • Grades 3-7 - PBS LearningMedia - Martin Luther King Jr.: Civil Rights Leader - Lesson Plan - DO
  • Grades 5-10 - PBS LearningMedia - The Life and Legacy of Martin Luther King, Jr. (9:44) - VIEW and DO
  • Grades 6-12 - PBS LearningMedia - PBS Newshour -  Analyzing King's "I Have a Dream" Speech (5:45) - VIEW, READ and DO
  • Grades 6-12 - PBS LearningMedia - Reaction to the Assassination of Martin Luther King, Jr., 1968 (3:14) - VIEW, READ, DO
  • Grades 7-12 - NHPBS Video - Origins of Everything - How Did Martin Luther King Jr. Get a Holiday? (9:40) - VIEW
  • Grades 8-12 - NHPBS Video - Free at Last – Martin Luther King, Jr. (1:27:57) - VIEW

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