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Events in the Life of Coretta Scott King

(AP) —April 27, 1927: Coretta Scott is born in Perry County, Ala.

Coretta Scott King and the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. outside the Montgomery County Court House during a 1956 trial. King was one of 90 African Americans indicted on boycotting charges involving buses of the Montgomery City Lines. Bettmann/Corbis hide caption

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1947: Begins attending Antioch College in Yellow Springs, Ohio. She would earn a bachelor's in music and education and later study concert singing at Boston's New England Conservatory of Music.

June 18, 1953: Marries the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. in Marion, Ala.

Nov. 17, 1955: Yolanda Denise is born in Montgomery, Ala.

Jan. 30, 1956: A bomb is thrown onto the Kings' Montgomery home. Coretta King is in the house with baby Yolanda. No one is injured.

Oct. 23, 1957: Martin Luther King III is born in Montgomery.

Feb. 2, 1958: Spends a month with her husband in India studying Gandhi's techniques of nonviolence as guests of Prime Minister Jawaharal Nehru.

Jan. 24, 1960: The King family moves from Montgomery to Atlanta, where King becomes co-pastor of Ebenezer Baptist Church with his father.

Jan. 30, 1961: Dexter Scott King is born in Atlanta.

March 28, 1963: Bernice Albertine King is born in Atlanta.

Aug. 28, 1963: At the March on Washington, King delivers his

"I Have A Dream" speech at the Lincoln Memorial.

April 4, 1968: King is assassinated in Memphis, Tenn.

June 26, 1968: Coretta King founds the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Center in Atlanta.

March 27, 1979: Testifies for the first time before joint hearings of Congress in support of a national holiday honoring Martin Luther King Jr.

Nov. 3, 1983: President Reagan signs a bill establishing the third Monday of every January as the Martin Luther King Jr. National Holiday.

Jan. 20, 1986: First national celebration of the King holiday

Aug. 16, 2005: Suffers a stroke.

Jan 16, 2006: Watches the King Day ceremonies on television, the 20th anniversary of the federal holiday.

Jan. 31, 2006: The family announces she died overnight.

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