Martin Luther King Jr. By jahojer Jan 15, 1929 Martin Luther King, Jr. was born. He was born with the name "Michael King Jr." but after a family visit to Germany, his father changed his name to honor the German Protestant Leader, Martin Luther. Period: Jan 15, 1929 to Apr 4, 1968 Martin Luther King Jr. Jun 18, 1953 Married Coretta Scott On June 18, 1953, Martin Luther King Jr. was united in marriage to Coretta Scott. Jun 5, 1955 Graduates from Boston College At Boston College, he received his Doctorate of Philosophy in Systematic Theology Sep 17, 1958 Stride Toward Freedom Dr. King published his first book, "Stride Toward Freedom" May 17, 1963 "I Have a Dream" Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. gave his famous "I Have a Dream" speech in Washington, DC. Dec 10, 1964 Nobel Peace Prize On December 10, 1964, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize. He was the youngest recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize. Apr 4, 1968 Assassination Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. was assassinated in Memphis, Tennessee. Apr 9, 1968 Burial Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.'s funeral was an international event.