June 12, 1963 – Civil rights leader Medgar Evers was assassinated in Jackson, Mississippi, by a rifle bullet from an ambush.


Evers HAD BEEN ACTIVE IN SEEKING INTEGRATION OF SCHOOLS AND VOTER REGISTRATION FOR AFRICAN AMERICANS IN THE SOUTH. WIDESPREAD PUBLIC OUTRAGE FOLLOWING HIS DEATH LED PRESIDENT JOHN F. KENNEDY TO PROPOSE A COMPREHENSIVE CIVIL RIGHTS LAW. EVERS WAS BURIED IN ARLINGTON NATIONAL CEMETERY.