MLK Holiday Timeline
1968: Martin Luther King, Jr. assassinated; Rep. John Conyers, D-Mich., introduces legislation for federal holiday to commemorate King
1973: Illinois is first state to adopt MLK Day as a state holiday
1983: Congress passes, President Reagan signs, legislation creating Martin Luther King, Jr. Day
1986: Federal MLK holiday goes into effect
1987: Arizona governor Evan Mecham rescinds MLK Day as his first act in office, setting off a boycott of the state.
1989: State MLK holiday adopted in 44 states
1991: The NFL moves the 1993 Super Bowl site from Phoenix, Ariz., to Pasadena, Calif., because of the MLK Day boycott.
1992: Arizona citizens vote to enact MLK Day. The Super Bowl is held in Tempe, Ariz. in 1996.
1993: For the first time, MLK Day is held in some form—sometimes under a different name, and not always as a paid state holiday—in all fifty states.
1999: New Hampshire becomes the last state to adopt MLK Day as a paid state holiday, replacing its optional Civil Rights Day.
2000: Utah becomes the last state to recognize MLK Day by name, renaming its Human Rights Day state holiday.
2000: South Carolina becomes the last state to make MLK Day a paid holiday for all state employees. Until now, employees could choose between celebrating it or one of three Confederate-related holidays.
WTF is a "confederate-related holiday?"