At 6:01 P.M. on April 4, 1968, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., was shot at the Lorraine Motel in Memphis, Tennessee. He was pronounced dead at 7:05 P.M. At 9:07 P.M. that same evening, President Johnson read a short statement for radio and television broadcast from outside the entrance to the West Lobby of the White House. The statement read:
President Johnson: Hello?
Harry Truman: Hello?
President Johnson: Mr. President?
Truman: Well, how are you?
President Johnson: I read on the ticker where you were thinking about going to Israel.
Harry Truman: Yes?
Operator: It’s President Johnson, sir.
President Johnson: I wanted to wish you a Merry Christmas and tell you that you are loved.
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