Today marks the 46th anniversary of the assassination of civil rights leader Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. 

It happened on April 4th, 1968 just after 6pm. CBS anchor man Walter Cronkite told the nation,

"Dr. Martin Luther King, the apostle of non-violence in the civil rights movement, has been shot to death in Memphis Tennessee," came the somber announcement.

Dr. King was standing on the balcony of the second floor of the Lorraine Motel when it happened,

"...a shot was fired from across the street.  In a friend's words, 'the bullet exploded in his face,'" Cronikite said.

He was just 39 years old when he died. Less than 24 hours before his death, Dr. King made his now-cryptic last speech "I've Been To The Mountain Top."

Authorities later arrested James Earl Ray who confessed to King's assassination and then recanted his confession.  

Ray was sentenced to life in prison, where he died in 1998.