Lyndon B. Johnson
Profession: 36th US President
Why Famous: Johnson became the 36th US President (1963-1969) after the assassination of President Kennedy after previously serving as Vice President. Pursued a legislative programme called the 'Great Society' which included the Civil Rights and Immigration Acts. Declared a 'War On Poverty' creating Medicare and Medicaid. Escalated American involvement in the Vietnam War.
1934-11-17 - Lyndon B. Johnson marries Claudia Alta Taylor
Historical Events in the Life of Lyndon B. Johnson
1961-08-19 - US vice-president Lyndon B. Johnson visits West Berlin
1963-11-05 - US VP Lyndon B. Johnson visits Netherlands
1963-11-22 - Lyndon B. Johnson sworn in as the 36th US president after the assassination of President John F. Kennedy
1963-11-23 - LBJ proclaims Nov 25 a day of national mourning (for JFK)
1963-11-29 - LBJ sets up Warren Comm to investigate assassination of JFK
1964-01-08 - President Lyndon B. Johnson declares "War on Poverty"
1964-02-29 - LBJ reveals US secretly developed the A-11 jet fighter
1964-03-15 - LBJ asks for a War on Poverty
1964-05-22 - LBJ presents "Great Society"
1964-08-26 - LBJ nominated at Democratic convention in Atlantic City, NJ
1964-09-03 - Wilderness Act signed into law by President Lyndon B. Johnson
1964-11-03 - LBJ (D) soundly defeats Barry Goldwater (R) for pres
1964-12-13 - In El Paso, Tx, LBJ & Mexican Pres Gustavo Diaz Ordaz set off an explosion diverting Rio Grande, to reshape US-Mexico border
1965-01-04 - LBJ's "Great Society" State of the Union Address
1965-03-15 - LBJ asks congress to ensure everybody's right to vote
1965-06-28 - 1st US ground combat forces in Vietnam authorized by President Lyndon B. Johnson
1965-07-27 - President Lyndon B. Johnson signs a bill requiring cigarette makers to print health warnings on all cigarette packages about the effects of smoking
1965-07-28 - LBJ sends 50,000 more soldiers to Vietnam (total of 125,000)
1965-07-30 - LBJ signs Medicare bill, which goes into effect in 1966
1965-08-06 - US President Lyndon B. Johnson signs the Voting Rights Act prohibiting voting discrimination against minorities
1966-01-12 - LBJ says US should stay in S Vietnam until communist aggression ends
1966-01-13 - 1st black selected for pres cabinet (LBJ selects Robert C Weaver-HUD)
1966-07-04 - LBJ signs Freedom of Information Act
1966-09-09 - The National Traffic and Motor Vehicle Safety Act is signed into law by U.S. President Lyndon B. Johnson.
1966-09-15 - U.S. President Lyndon B. Johnson, responding to a sniper attack at the University of Texas at Austin, writes a letter to the United States Congress urging the enactment of gun control legislation.
1966-10-15 - LBJ signs a bill creating US Dept of Transportation
1966-11-08 - President Lyndon B. Johnson signs anti-trust immunity to AFL-NFL merger
1967-06-23 - LBJ & Alexei Kosygin hold 1st of 2 summit meetings in Glassboro, NJ
1967-07-27 - LBJ sets up commission to study cause of urban violence
1967-11-07 - LBJ signs a bill establishing Corporation for Public Broadcasting
1968-03-20 - LBJ signs a bill removing gold backing from US paper money
1968-03-31 - LBJ announces he will not seek re-election
1968-04-11 - President Lyndon B. Johnson signs 1968 Civil Rights Act