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.
iStock / WinterStorm
Courtesy Dan Shakal
Sony Pictures Entertainment
U.S. Post Office
It's easy to upload your photos and/or videos on News8000.com. Once you do, we'll share your upload with the community!
No email address was supplied by
To complete your registration on this site, please supply an address.
Please confirm or modify the email address to which you will have subscription offers sent.
For a more personalized experience, please supply the following optional information.