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Did the following events occur during MLK's lifetime? Answer Y (yes) or N (no).

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EventIn MLK's life? Y or N
Birth of Barack Obama
The Voting Rights Act, which prohibits racial discrimination in voting, is signed into law
The National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) is founded
Loving v. Virginia: SCOTUS decision invalidates state laws against biracial marriage
US armed forces are desegregated via presidential executive order
Black Tuesday: worst stock market crash in history occurs, leading to the Great Depression
Birth of Malcolm X
Thurgood Marshall becomes the first African American on the US Supreme Court
Assassination of Senator Robert F. Kennedy
Douglas Wilder, the first black governor in the US since Reconstruction, is elected in Virginia
John Lewis, who marched with MLK in Selma, is elected to Congress
Jesse Owens wins four gold medals at the Berlin Olympics
Plessy v. Ferguson: SCOTUS upholds racial segregation under doctrine of 'separate but equal'
Birth of Rosa Parks
Shirley Chisholm becomes the first African American woman elected to Congress
Jackie Robinson, the first black MLB player, is inducted into Baseball Hall of Fame
Anti-lynching bills are defeated in Congress three years in a row during the height of the Ku Klux Klan's popularity
'Guess Who's Coming to Dinner,' a film about an interracial couple starring Sidney Poitier, is released in theaters
Brown v. Board of Education: SCOTUS declares segregation in public schools unconstitutional
Zora Neale Hurston's novel 'Their Eyes Were Watching God' is published
Mahatma Gandhi, one of MLK's heroes, begins Salt March to protest British monopoly and taxation on salt
MLK is awarded the Nobel Peace Prize
MLK is awarded the US Presidential Medal of Freedom
Martin Luther King Jr. Day is first celebrated as a national holiday

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