Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Baptist minister and civil rights activist, was stabbed in the chest while signing books in a Harlem department store on this date in 1958. The attacker, a mentally disturbed woman, was apprehended and placed under observation. Click Here to purchase your copy of “The Speech: The Story Behind Dr. Martin
Astronaut Ellen Ochoa first left Earth in July 1991 and became the world’s first Hispanic female astronaut. A mission specialist and flight engineer, she has since logged more than 900 hours in space on four flights, the last in 2002. Dr. Ochoa’s many awards include NASA’s Exceptional Service Medal (1997) and Outstanding Leadership Medal (1995).