Tuesday, April 4, 2017

This Day in Pop Culture for April 4

Robert Downey Jr. was born on April 4, 1965.

Robert Downey, Jr. is Born

It was on this day that Robert John Downey Jr. was born to a pair of actors in Manhattan, New York. His first film roles were for his father’s films. Next to playing Iron-Man, Downey Jr. is probably best known for his struggles with drugs and alcohol. Knowing a little about his family life, it is easy to understand why. His father was a drug addict who allowed Downey to use Marijuana when he was just six years old. In 1982, Robert dropped out of high school to pursue acting full time. He and Kiefer Sutherland were roommates for three years. In 1992 he starred in the film Chaplin which earned him an Oscar nomination. He earned his first Golden Globe while appearing on the TV series Ally McBeal. However, he was let go after he had two drug arrests. Downey has been sober in 2001. In 2008 he rose to the top once again starring in Iron-Man and Sherlock Holmes in 2009. He will appear as Iron-Man’s alter ego, Tony Stark, in the upcoming Spider-Man: Homecoming later this year.


Martin Luther King Jr. was assassinated on April 4, 1968.

Martin Luther King Jr. is Assassinated

One year to the day after delivering his Beyond Vietnam speech, Martin Luther King Jr. was shot while standing outside of the Lorraine Motel in Memphis, Tennessee on this day in 1968. The month before, King visited Memphis in support of African American sanitation workers who had been treated poorly. On March 28 he led a protest march that ended in violence and the death of one African American teen. On April 3, he gave his last sermon saying, “…I've seen the Promised Land. I may not get there with you. But I want you to know tonight that we, as a people, will get to the Promised Land."