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Martin Luther King Day to be official US holiday

The Senate gave final congressional approval Wednesday to a federal holiday honoring slain civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr. At a press conference shortly after the 78-to-22 vote, President Reagan said he will sign the legislation even though he favored a lesser form of recognition. Reagan cited the ''symbolic importance'' of such a holiday. The House had passed the bill overwhelmingly in August.

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Dr. King will be honored each year on the third Monday of January, beginning in 1986. The day becomes the 10th official national holiday, the first in recognition of a black.