Events in the Life of Coretta Scott King A timeline of key events in the life of Coretta Scott King. The widow of civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr. died Monday night. She was 78.

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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