Daily Archives: January 20, 2016

Britain’s King George V dies at his home in Norfolk 80 years ago this hour (Jan 20 1936)

Video: 'The Death Of His Majesty King George V (1936)'

(Monday, January 20, 1936, at 11:55 p.m. GMT) — Britain’s King George V, 70, died tonight in his bedroom at Sandringham House in Norfolk after his physician, Lord Dawson of Penn, injected the mortally ill monarch with morphine and cocaine to hasten his death.

The king was succeeded by his eldest son, Edward VIII, who would abdicate the throne 11 months later to marry American divorcee Wallis Warfield Simpson.

U.S. observes first federal holiday in honor of Martin Luther King Jr. 30 years ago today (Jan 20 1986)

Video: 'Jan. 20, 1986: First MLK Day'

(Monday, January 20, 1986) — Singing the ballads of the civil rights movement, thousands of people marched slowly through Atlanta today as the nation marked the first Federal holiday honoring the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

In Atlanta, where Dr. King was born and where he is buried, and in cities across the country, church bells tolled, choirs sang and citizens paused to remember the slain civil rights leader, eulogized in speeches and services as the nation’s “drum major for justice and peace.”