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32 things you probably didn't know about Martin Luther King Jr.

Business Insider India Logo By Savanna Swain-Wilson of Business Insider India | Slide 1 of 32: Martin Luther King Jr. Day became an officially observed holiday for schools, banks, and federal offices across the US in 1986 — making him the first non-president to have his birthday become a national holiday. But it took a while for all 50 states to get on board with honoring the activist.South Carolina was the final state to officially observe the national holiday in 2000.

He is the only American, other than George Washington, whose birthday is a national holiday.

Martin Luther King Jr. Day became an officially observed holiday for schools, banks, and federal offices across the US in 1986 — making him the first non-president to have his birthday become a national holiday.

But it took a while for all 50 states to get on board with honoring the activist.

South Carolina was the final state to officially observe the national holiday in 2000.

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