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This Day in History: 55th anniversary of King's "I Have A Dream" speech

In 1963, Martin Luther King Jr. delivered his famous “I Have a Dream” speech to 200,000 people at a peaceful civil rights rally in front of the Lincoln Memorial in Washington. (AFP/Getty Images)

1609: English navigator Henry Hudson discovered Delaware Bay.

1833: England’s Parliament banned slavery in the British empire.

1981: John Hinckley Jr. pleaded not guilty to charges he had tried to assassinate President Ronald Reagan five months earlier.

1996: The troubled 15-year marriage of Britain’s Prince Charles and Princess Diana ended officially with the issuance of a divorce decree.

Compiled by Laura Lefavor and Paul McCardell.

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