Clockwise, top left: Lorraine Motel; LBJ; MLK; James Brown; King funeral; Coretta Scott King; U2; Memphis strike

(The Root) — Most Americans know about Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s life's work. But many may have missed or forgotten the full story of his untimely death on April 4, 1968, in Memphis, Tenn. To mark the 45th anniversary of the American icon's assassination, we bring you 12 details about his death and its aftermath culled from sources including Stanford University's Martin Luther King, Jr., Research and Education Institute.

1. The Garbage Collectors Killed