Jan. 15, 1929 Ð Martin Luther King Jr. is born in Atlanta.

Feb. 25, 1948 Ð Ordained and appointed assistant pastor at Ebenezer Baptist Church in Atlanta.

June 8, 1948 Ð Receives a bachelor of arts degree in sociology from Morehouse College in Atlanta.

May 1951 Ð Graduates from Crozer Theological Seminary in Chester, Pa.

June 18, 1953 Ð Marries Coretta Scott at her home near Marion, Ala.

June 5, 1955 Ð Awarded a doctorate in systematic theology from Boston University.

Dec. 5, 1955 Ð Elected president of the Montgomery Improvement Association, making him the official spokesman for the bus boycott begun after the arrest of Rosa Parks.

Feb. 3, 1959 Ð Embarks on a visit to India, where he meets with Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru and many of Gandhi's followers.

1961 to 1963 Ð Works to integrate bus terminals with the 'Freedom Riders' and leads sit-ins at all-white restaurants in Birmingham, Ala. He's arrested at one demonstration and jailed. He writes 'Letter From Birmingham Jail.'

Aug. 28, 1963 Ð March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom attracts more than 200,000 demonstrators to the Lincoln Memorial. King delivers his 'I Have a Dream' speech.

Dec. 10, 1964 Ð Receives the Nobel Peace Prize in ceremony in Oslo, Norway.

April 3, 1968 Ð Delivers his final speech, 'I've Been to the Mountaintop,' during an evening rally at the Mason Temple in Memphis, Tenn.

April 4, 1968 Ð Shot and killed while standing on the balcony of the Lorraine Motel in Memphis, Tenn.

Jan. 18, 1986 Ð First celebration of a public holiday in honor of King, set for the third Monday of January.

Source: Martin Luther King Jr. Papers Project, Stanford University