Pepsi and UPS are born, Emmett Till is murdered, Martin Luther King Jr. shares his dream, and Prince Charles and Princess Diana divorce, all on this day.
1955: Emmett Till, a 14-year-old black boy from Chicago, is murdered while visiting relatives in the Mississippi Delta region after reportedly flirting with a white woman. The woman's husband, Roy Bryant, and his half-brother J.W. Milam were eventually acquitted of Till's kidnapping and murder, but months later, protected against double jeopardy, they admitted in a magazine interview to killing him. Till's murder is noted as a pivotal event motivating the Civil Rights Movement in the United States.
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