Events

Sunday, April 4, 2010

4 April: Creation of NATO (1949); Assassination of Martin Luther KIng (1968)

Two anniversaries today, which, separately and together, embody the challenges of the baby boom, postwar era: the birth of NATO and the death of Martin Luther King, Jr.

NATO never fought the war that it was intended either to win or to prevent. Rev. King did not, as he said in his final speech, live to enter the "promised land." Forty years after his death, America elected its first African-American president.

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