(Tuesday, February 7, 2006) — Coretta Scott King, the widow of civil rights leader Martin Luther King, Jr., was laid to rest today, after a funeral where white-gloved ushers welcomed 15,000 people, including four presidents, three governors, three planeloads of Congress members, celebrities, gospel stars and leading figures of the civil rights movement.
The six-hour service, held in the vast two-tiered sanctuary of the New Birth Missionary Baptist Church just outside Atlanta, was marked by elegiac moments, standing ovations, and, with the Clintons and Bushes sharing a podium, some overt political gibes about the war in Iraq and the Bush administration’s response to Hurricane Katrina.
Video: 'PBS American Experience & The Kennedys 1 of 2' (Feb. 7, 1926, at 13:17)
(Sunday, February 7, 1926) — Boston banker Joseph P. Kennedy entered the motion picture production business today by buying, with some associates, control of the Film Booking Offices of America (FBO) film studio from Lloyds Bank and other British financial interests.
(Friday, February 7, 1986) — The Philippines today held a presidential election marred by charges of fraud against the incumbent, Ferdinand E. Marcos, triggering the eventual downfall of Marcos and the accession of Corazon C. Aquino as president.