History of Martin Luther King Jr. Day

POSTED: 11:22 AM PST Jan 12, 2012    UPDATED: 10:29 PM PST Jan 17, 2016 

Monday is Martin Luther King Day. Learn more about the complicated history behind this special holiday.

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President Ronald Reagan signed the bill into law in November 1983 and the first official holiday was observed on the third Monday of January 1986.

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