​November 2, 1983: Martin Luther King, Jr. Day Is Official — Black Then

President Ronald Reagan signed a bill declaring the 3rd Monday in January as Martin Luther King Day. RELUCTANCE TO OBSERVE: President Ronald Reagan opposed the holiday, citing cost concerns. He grudgingly signed the measure only after Congress passed it with an overwhelming veto-proof majority (338 to 90 in the House of Representatives and 78 to 22…

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