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Martin Luther King Jr

Birthday Report for January 15th, 1929

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Events of the Month for Martin Luther King Jr.  

When Martin Luther King Jr. entered the world, these stories made the front page of the nation's newspapers: In New York, Sheffield Farms begins using wax paper cartons for milk delivery instead of glass bottles. The United States Senate passes the Kellogg-Briand treaty. In the Soviet Union, the Bolshevik government decreases the work day to seven hours. Meanwhile, Joseph Stalin expels Leon Trotsky from the U.S.S.R. Trotsky is exiled in Alma-Ata. In Yugoslavia, King Alexander eliminates the parliament and declares himself supreme ruler of the country. Alexander plans to unify the sharply divided country.  


Entertainment News for the year Martin Luther King Jr. was born

Audiences were applauding these developments in the entertainment industry when Martin Luther King Jr. was an infant. In New York this year, the Museum of Modern Art opens. At the movie theaters, The King of Jazz opens starring Bing Crosby in a musical filled with laughs and Rhapsody in Blue. On the radio we all hum along with Ain't Misbehavin', Happy Days Are Here Again and Wedding Bells Are Breaking Up That Old Gang of Mine.

Popular Music when Martin Luther King Jr. was born.

When Martin Luther King Jr. was rocking in a cradle, these songs were topping the music charts: Back in 1929, the popular songs were: My Kinda Love performed by Jo' Trent; My Love Parade performed by Clifford Grey; Romance sung by Edgar Leslie; as well as Satisfied by Irving Caesar. Also topping the musical charts: Serenade of Love by Irving Caesar; Star Dust by Mitchell Parish; Why Can't I by Lorenz Hart; and the ever popular Without a Song by William Rose.

Movie News for the year Martin Luther King Jr. was born.

While Martin Luther King Jr. was discovering how to stand up, The Academy gave a standing ovation to these movies and actors: 'Broadway Melody'- Produced By MGM won the Best Movie Academy Award in 1929. Also this year, the Academy Award for Best Actor went to Warner Baxter for his role in 'In Old Arizona' and the Best Actress Award went to Mary Pickford for her role in 'Coquette'.

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