January 18, 1993

On January 18, 1993, the Martin Luther King Jr., holiday was observed in all 50 states of the United States for the first time ever. Arizona, the last state to authorize the holiday, still didn’t want to, but did so begrudgingly because Alabama, Mississippi and Texas threatened to drive over and give it a good old fashioned Southern butt-whoopin if they didn’t. Alabama, Mississippi and Texas said if they had to observe the holiday with a smile, Arizona was going to also.

About Joel Byers

Born in North Georgia and educated at some very fine public institutions. Real education started after graduating from college and then getting married and raising two boys. Has the ability to see the funny and absurd in most things and will always remark on it, even if it means getting the stink-eye from his victims.
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