1964 - Wins the Nobel Peace Prize.
1965 - Helps organize civil rights protests in Selma, Alabama.
August 6, 1965 - President Johnson signs the Voting Rights of 1965.
April 4, 1967 - King delivers a speech against the war in Vietnam in New York City.
December 1967 - The Poor People's Campaign is launched.
April 4, 1968 - King is assassinated in Memphis, Tennessee, by James Earl Ray.
1976 - The Senate Select Committee on Intelligence Activities releases a report stating that from 1963-1968 King was the subject of extensive FBI surveillance.
1977 - Is posthumously awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom, by President Jimmy Carter.
1980 - The Martin Luther King Jr. Historic Site opens in Atlanta. It includes his birthplace, burial crypt, the Eternal Flame and Ebenezer Baptist Church.
1983 - President Ronald Reagan signs a law making King's birthday a federal holiday, to be observed annually on the third Monday in January.
1991 - The National Civil Rights Museum opens at the site of the Lorraine Motel in Memphis, where King was assassinated.
April 23, 1998 - King's assassin, James Earl Ray, dies in prison.
June 9, 2000 - The Justice Department announces the conclusion to an 18-month investigation. They find that there is no reliable evidence to support a conspiracy behind King's murder.
January 30, 2006 - Coretta Scott King dies at the age of 78.
June 23, 2006 - An Atlanta coalition pays $32 million for a collection of King's personal papers, to be stored at Morehouse College.
November 13, 2006 - The groundbreaking ceremony for the Martin Luther King Jr. National Monument in Washington, D.C. takes place. It will be the first monument on the National Mall dedicated to an African-American.
October 16, 2011 - The Martin Luther King, Jr. National Memorial is dedicated. The statue is located between the Lincoln Memorial and the Jefferson Memorial on the National Mall.