FunFinds would like to recognize the national holiday – Martin Luther King Jr. Day. He was renowned for his contribution to civil rights in the United States and around the world. To honor his memory we’ve identified the following little known factoids about him:
- Martin Luther King Jr. Day was not recognized as a paid national holiday by all 50 states until 2000.
- Martin Luther King Jr, born in 1934, had an error in his birth certificate. It stated his legal name was named Michael Luther King Jr. The error was corrected by his family five years after his birth.
- Skipped both the 9th and 12th grades. Started at Morehouse College at the age of 15. Held Bachelors degrees in sociology and theology. Received his PhD from Boston University in 1955.
- In 1964, at the age of 35, he was the youngest person to receive the Nobel Peace Prize.
- From 1957 until his death in 1968, he travelled over 6 million miles, gave over 2500 speeches, wrote five books and published countless articles in newspapers and magazines.
- He died at age 39. Martin Luther King predicted that he would not live to be 40.
- He was the first black American to be named TIME Man of the Year.
- He saved the original series of Star Trek by encouraging Nichelle Nichols, who played Uhura, to stay on the show.
- There are over 730 U.S. cities that have streets named after King.