January 15, 1986

On This Date in TWISTED-HISTORY.com! in 1986 – President Reagan signed legislation making Martin Luther King, Jr.’s birthday a national holiday to be celebrated on the third Monday of January. He did so unwillingly because the proposed law was passed by both the Senate and House with veto-proof majorities. He said he didn’t oppose the holiday because Martin Luther King, Jr., was a black man and was born eighteen years later than himself, he said he opposed it because he didn’t want to give those worthless government workers a paid holiday.

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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