Timeline of the Lyndon B. Johnson presidency

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November 22, 1963 – January 20, 1969
PartyDemocratic

The presidency of Lyndon B. Johnson began on November 22, 1963, when Lyndon B. Johnson became President of the United States following the assassination of President John F. Kennedy, and ended on January 20, 1969.

1963

1964

January

  • January 1 - Informants of the White House say the year end appraisal of the plans and policies of President Johnson that the latter worried over the stand off between Russia and the western world with a closeness toward reaching an ultimatum involving nuclear precipice.[1]
  • January 2 - President Johnson holds a budget conference with United States Postmaster General John Gronouski. Gronouski says after the meeting that the plan designed to save money for the upcoming fiscal year of 1965 will not cut back on the utilities of the mailing service.[2] The US receives a note from the Soviet Union calling for the denunciation of force in disputes of territory ownership.[3] President Johnson releases a statement on labor-management relations.[4]
  • January 3 - President Johnson releases a statement on the assassination attempt of President of Ghana Kwame Nkrumah.[5] President Johnson signs Executive Order 11136, creating the President's Committee on Consumer Interests as well as establishing the Consumer Advisory Council.[6] President Johnson announces the establishment of the President's Committee on Consumer Interests and appointment of Esther Peterson as chairman of the committee.[7]
  • January 5 - President Johnson releases the Task Force on Manpower Conservation report.[8]
  • January 6 - United States Secretary of Labor W. Willard Wirtz announces the federal government will step in to mediate the railroad work rules dispute.[9]
Senator Ted Kennedy presents Joseph P. Kennedy Award to President Johnson, 7 January 1964
  • January 8 - President Johnson delivers the 1964 State of the Union Address to a joint session of Congress. These remarks serve as the announcement of the legislation that will become known as the War on Poverty.[10]
  • January 9 - President Johnson holds a Cabinet Room meeting with the executive committee of the Business Committee for Tax Reduction during the afternoon and meets with the Citizens Committee for Tax Reduction and Revision in the Fish Room hours later for discussions on tax reduction.[11]
  • January 10 - The White House releases a statement confirming a meeting between President Johnson and his senior advisors over the Panama situation had taken place.[12]
  • January 15 - President Johnson addresses members of the Davis Cup Team in the Cabinet Room during the morning.[13]
  • January 16 - The White House releases a statement confirming the willingness of the American government to become involved in holding conversations on "all problems affecting the relationship between the United States and Panama."[14]
  • January 17 - President Johnson releases a statement on the report by the Immigration and Naturalization Service advocating for the passage of proposed legislation intending to abolish the discriminatory national origins system.[15]
  • January 18 - President Johnson attends the dedication of the National Geographic Society Building in D.C. during the afternoon.[16]
  • January 20 - President Johnson signs the 1965 budget in the Cabinet Room during a ceremony attended by members of the Budget Bureau Staff.[17] Reverend Jorge Mejia reads a message from President Johnson while attending the evening session of the First Conference of the Catholic Inter-American Cooperation Program.[18]
  • January 21 - President Johnson addresses the Geneva Disarmament Conference reopening in the Cabinet Room during the morning.[19] President Johnson sends the budget of the District of Columbia in an annual message to Congress.[20]
  • January 23The 24th Amendment to the United States Constitution

February

  • February 1 - President Johnson holds his fifth news conference in the Theater at the White House, beginning the conference with an address on the efforts of the United States "to insure both peace and freedom in the widest possible areas" and answers questions from reporters on if he could see a scenario where he would endorse the admission of Red China into the United Nations, whether General de Gaulle's proposal for neutralizing Southeast Asia interferes with American efforts there, if he shares the optimism of Canada Prime Minister Pearson, his anticipation of a filibuster for the civil rights bill, if he would back the inclusion of an amendment to add women in the civil rights bill, his opinions on the activities of Walter Jenkins, on if his opinion on North and South Vietnam differs from President de Gaulle, and what general area he believes the war on poverty program should focus on.[21]
  • February 4 - Administrator of General Services Bernard L. Boutin certifies the twenty-fourth Amendment to the United States Constitution during a morning appearance in the Cabinet Room.[22]
  • February 5 - President Johnson attends the Joseph P. Kennedy, Jr. Foundation Awards Dinner at the Americana Hotel in New York City.[23]
  • February 5 - President Johnson submits a special message on consumer interest to Congress.[24]
  • February 5 - President Johnson attends the 12th Annual Presidential Prayer Breakfast at the Mayflower Hotel in Washington.[25]
  • February 6 - President Johnson attends a dinner for the Weizmann Institute of Science in the Grand Ballroom at the Waldorf-Astoria Hotel in New York City.[26]
  • February 7 - In a statement, President Johnson expresses his satisfaction with congressional approval for the tax bill, extending his "gratitude to the House which passed the tax bill last session, and to the Senate whose members worked hard to assure swift but full consideration of it in the last few weeks."[27]
  • February 7The Beatles arrive in New York City for their first U.S. tour.
  • February 7 - The White House releases a statement declaring American determination to secure the protection for the Naval Base at Guantanamo.[28]
  • February 7 - President Johnson signs Proclamation 3573, proclaiming the week beginning with March 15, 1964 as "National Poison Prevention Week."[29]
  • February 9 - In a statement, President Johnson states that the issues "millions of older Americans face" and promotes "the enactment of hospital insurance for the aged through social security to help older people meet the high costs of illness without jeopardizing their economic independence" and urges each state "to adopt adequate programs of medical assistance for the aged under the Kerr-Mills legislation."[30]
  • February 10 - In a statement, President Johnson notes the advancing of the Communications Satellite Act and the United States' national program "moves forward aggressively toward the fulfillment of the policy and purposes of the Congress."[31]
  • February 10 - In a special message to Congress, President Johnson notes various ailments afflicting the health of Americans and lays out the year's agenda for America's good health.[32]
  • February 11 - President Johnson signs a bill amending the Library Services Act in the Cabinet Room. President Johnson says the legislation "expands a program which helps make library services available to 38 million Americans in rural areas" and "authorizes efforts to strengthen inadequate urban libraries. This act authorizes for the first time grants for the construction and renovation of library buildings."[33]
  • February 11 - President Johnson addresses key officials of the Internal Revenue Service on the importance of the Treasury and Defense Departments as well as matters of foreign policy in the East Room.[34]
  • February 12 - In a letter to Sargent Shriver, President Johnson states his directing of "all departmental and agency heads and their personnel to dedicate themselves to this great task, and to exert their maximum energies and resources to assist our fellow citizens who are ill-clad, ill-fed, ill-housed or to whom the door of self-improvement and opportunity is closed."[35]

March

  • March 1 - In recorded remarks, President Johnson discusses the benefits of Red Cross and calls on Americans to show support in any way they can to Red Cross during the month.[36]
  • March 2 - Nicholas Johnson is sworn in as Maritime Administrator in the Cabinet Room.[37]
  • March 2 - President Johnson signs Proclamation 3576, proclaiming "Tuesday, April 14, 1964, as Pan American Day and the week beginning April 12 and ending April 18 as Pan American Week" and calling "upon the Governors of the fifty States of the Union, the Governor of the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, and appropriate officials of all other areas under the United States flag to issue similar proclamations."[38]
  • March 2 - President Johnson signs Executive Order 11143, establishing a "Public Advisory Committee for Trade Negotiations" that will "advise the Special Representative for Trade Negotiations with respect to such matters as he may specify pertaining to the preparation for and the participation in international trade negotiations."[39]
  • March 3 - President Johnson delivers remarks to winners of the Federal Woman's Award in the Fish Room.[40]
  • March 3 - In a statement, the White House announces that President Johnson has revealed minority employees have had increased job opportunities according to a federal employment study from June 1963 showing "impressive gains in the number of higher paid jobs filled by Negroes and other minorities."[41]
  • March 4 - President Johnson presents the first Eleanor Roosevelt Memorial Award to judge Anna M. Kross at the Statler Hilton Hotel in Washington.[42]
  • March 4 - In a statement, President Johnson says the resolution adopted by the "Security Council in agreement with all parties to the crisis in Cyprus is a major step toward peace" and that the resolution's adoption means the Security Council open "the way to the creation of a United Nations peacekeeping force and the appointment of an international mediator."[43]
  • March 4 - Frederick C. Belen and William McMillan are sworn in as Deputy Postmaster General and Assistant Postmaster General in the Cabinet Room.[44]
  • March 5 - President Johnson signs Executive Order 11144, creating the Temporary Alaska Claims Commission and its intent to "consider, ascertain, adjust, determine, and settle the dispute which has arisen between the United States and the State of Alaska concerning the transfer, conveyance, or other disposal to the State of Alaska of the said property."[45]
  • March 6 - In a statement, President Johnson says the recently deceased Paul of Greece had "steadfast devotion and unwavering faith in Greece and the Greek people provided leadership in times of strife, unrest, readjustment, and recovery."[46]
  • March 16 - In a special message to Congress, President Johnson submits the Economic Opportunity Act of 1964. Johnson promotes the legislation as giving the five basic opportunities of granting "almost half a million underprivileged young Americans the opportunity to develop skills, continue education, and find useful work", giving "every American community the opportunity to develop a comprehensive plan to fight its own poverty--and help them to carry out their plans", permitting "dedicated Americans the opportunity to enlist as volunteers in the war against poverty", allotting "many workers and farmers the opportunity to break through particular barriers which bar their escape from poverty", and giving "the entire nation the opportunity for a concerted attack on poverty through the establishment, under my direction, of the Office of Economic Opportunity, a national headquarters for the war against poverty."[47]
  • March 16 - President Johnson delivers remarks on the third anniversary of the Alliance for Progress at the Pan American Union.[48]
  • March 16 - President Johnson delivers remarks to the Labor Advisory Council to the President's Committee on Equal Employment Opportunity in the Fish Room.[49]
  • March 17 - President Johnson delivers remarks at a dinner for the Friendly Sons of St. Patrick in the Grand Ballroom at the Waldorf-Astoria Hotel in New York City.[50]
  • March 17 - In a statement, the White House reports that Defense Secretary Robert McNamara and General Taylor gave a report to President Johnson and National Security Council members regarding "the situation in South Viet-Nam, the measures being taken by General Khanh and his government, and the need for United States assistance to supplement and support these measures" as well as "the continuing support and direction of the Viet Cong insurgency from North Viet-Nam."[51]
  • March 17 - In a letter to Speaker of the House John W. McCormack, President Johnson urges "the House to reconsider and approve legislation to increase pay levels of Government employees", adding that 2 million federal workers would continue to be deprived "of fair and reasonable pay adjustments", difficulty in the recruiting and retention of "top-flight men and women", and his administration's efforts to attain a "true economy in government" would all be made unattainable if the legislation was not enacted.[52]
  • March 17 - President Johnson signs Executive Order 11147, creating a board to investigate the dispute between the "National Railway Labor Conference, designated in List A attached hereto and made a part hereof, and certain of their employees".[53]
  • March 18 - In a letter to United States Secretary of the Treasury Douglas Dillon, President Johnson expresses his concern with "reports of a lack of coordination of action and procedures among the Federal agencies charged with the responsibility for the regulation of banks" and directs Douglas "to establish procedures which will insure that every effort is made by these agencies to act in concert and compose their differences."[54]
  • March 18 - President Johnson holds a telephone conversation with President of the National Farmers' Union James O. Patton on the National Farmers' Union convention from his White House office.[55]
  • March 19 - In a special message to Congress, President Johnson mentions other countries needing assistance and that the United States, through its aid for other regions, will be providing "an incentive to our friends and allies." Johnson recommends "335 Million for Supporting Assistance, $225 Million for Technical Cooperation, $134 Million for Contributions to International Organizations, $150 Million for the President's Contingency Fund, and $73 Million for Administrative and Miscellaneous Expenses."[56]
  • March 19 - In a letter to House Speaker McCormick and Senate President pro tempore Carl Hayden, President Johnson submits "copies of two publications of the Federal Council for Science and Technology that set forth Government-wide plans and budget details."[57]
  • March 19 - President Johnson attends the 1964 Democratic Congressional Dinner at the National Guard Armory in Washington, D.C., delivering remarks on the "basic purpose" of the Democratic Party as outlined by former President Franklin D. Roosevelt during the first Democratic Congressional Dinner in 1936.[58]
  • March 20 - President Johnson signs what he calls "the largest separate fund authorization ever enacted by the Congress" in the Cabinet Room and in tribute to Carl Vinson, notes that it "marks one of the final official acts of patriotism from a man whose entire life has been an exercise in patriotism."[59]
  • March 26 - In a letter to the Speaker of the House of Representatives, President Johnson recounts his directing "the heads of executive departments and agencies to tighten operations, reduce employment and effect savings" and addresses a report from the Director of the Bureau of the Budget.[60]
  • March 28 - President Johnson holds his eighth news conference in his office at the LBJ ranch, beginning the conference with an address on the surveys being conducted on the Anchorage area and towns as well as the anticipated receiving of the first Alaska report from Ed McDermott.[61]
  • March 28 - In a statement, President Johnson offers condolences to Alaskans in the aftermath of the earthquake that hit the state and his declaration of "a disaster area in Alaska, and I have assured Governor Egan that all possible help will be made available."[62]

April

  • April 1 - President Johnson signs Executive Order 11149, establishing the President's Advisory Committee on Supersonic Transport as well as its membership and purpose of studying and recommending to the president "all aspects of the supersonic transport program".[63]
  • April 2 - In a message to President of Brazil Pascoal Ranieri Mazzilli, President Johnson transmits his "warmest good wishes" on Mazzilli becoming Brazil's president and adds that Americans "have watched with anxiety the political and economic difficulties through which your great nation has been passing, and have admired the resolute will of the Brazilian community to resolve these difficulties within a framework of constitutional democracy and without civil strife."[64]
  • April 2 - President Johnson signs Executive Order 11150, establishing the Federal Reconstruction and Development Planning Commission for Alaska and its functions.[65]
  • April 3 - In the Cabinet Room, President Johnson says the agreement reached between the United States and Panama "is both a beginning and a renewal. It provides that we will reestablish diplomatic relations, we will immediately appoint special ambassadors with sufficient powers to seek the prompt elimination of the causes of conflict between the two countries without limitations or preconditions of any kind." He confirms that he has informed President of Panama Roberto Francisco Chiari Remón about the wishes of the United States for former Treasury Secretary Robert B. Anderson to serve as American Ambassador in the talks between the two countries.[66]
  • April 3 - President Johnson delivers remarks commemorating the fifteenth anniversary of the signing of the North Atlantic Treaty in the East Room.[67]
  • April 4 - President Johnson holds his ninth news conference in the Cabinet Room, answering questions from reporters on if he has any comments on increasing criticism from presidential candidates on his handling of foreign policy, on if he has reached a definite determination on a trip to visit poverty-stricken areas in the United States, if he expects revisions to NATO in the coming years, the progress of the civil rights debate in the Senate, the Panama Canal treaty, his reaction to an exchange of criticism between China and Russia, whether he intends to make any new additions to the White House staff, his position on whether the actions of General de Gaulle are hurting the Western alliance, if he has any theories for why cattle prices remain low while meat prices are high, and what he thinks on loosening morals of the youth in America.[68]
  • April 5 - In a statement on the death of General Douglas MacArthur, President Johnson says he has given instruction that MacArthur be buried with all honors and that the United States is grateful for all 84 years of his life.[69]
  • April 5 - President Johnson signs Proclamation 3579, a response to the death of Douglas MacArthur ordering "that the flag of the United States shall be flown at half-staff in the District of Columbia and throughout the United States and its territories and possessions, upon all public buildings and grounds, at all military posts and naval stations, and on all naval vessels, until after his funeral shall have taken place" while directing "that the flag shall be flown at half-staff for the same length of time at all United States embassies, legations, consular offices, and other facilities abroad, including all military facilities and naval vessels and stations."[70]
  • April 7 - President Johnson delivers remarks to the Cabinet Committee on Export Expansion in the Fish Room.[71]
  • April 8 - President Johnson signs Executive Order 11151, suspending "the provisions of Section 5770 of Title 10 of the United States Code which require certain male officers on the active list in the line of the Navy to have had specified sea or foreign service before they may be promoted."[72]
  • April 9 - In a statement, President Johnson requests the parties in the railroad dispute "restore the status quo as it existed 2 days ago and to maintain this status quo for 20 days."[73]
  • April 9 - In a radio and television statement, President Johnson announces that after hours of meeting with representatives of the railroad management and the railroad brotherhoods that both parties "have agreed to postpone any action for 15 days while we seek to resolve the issues between them."[74]
  • April 9 - President Johnson delivers remarks to those participating in the "Plans for Progress" Equal Opportunity Agreements in the East Room.[75]
  • April 9 - In a statement, President Johnson says the House passing the cotton-wheat bill the previous day "represented good judgment and economic progress" and that the action "can forestall severe economic difficulties in areas where wheat is a major source of income and, in turn, this will sustain job levels in communities that serve the farmer and his family and manufacture the things he needs" while allowing taxpayers to "gain through lower costs as excess supplies of cotton and wheat are reduced to adequate reserve levels."[76]
  • April 18 - President Johnson holds his fourteenth news conference in his White House office. President Johnson begins the conference with an address on a "very general statement of our foreign policy" in addition to his approval of "the plans for a very comprehensive study of the draft system and of related manpower policies submitted to me by the Secretary of Defense" before answering questions from reporters on the first quarter on housing, who is behind the creation of the draft study, his reaction to the Supreme Court decision on the separation of state and church, if he saw any progress in relations between the United States and Soviet Union, and attributions to the improved economic outlook.[77]
  • April 20 - President Johnson attends a luncheon for foreign Affairs at the Associated Press at the Waldorf Astoria Hotel in New York City.[78]
  • April 20 - The White House releases "the text of a letter from Secretary of Defense Robert McNamara and Dr. Glenn T. Seaborg, Chairman of the Atomic Energy Commission, reporting their conclusions following a joint review conducted by the Department of Defense and the Atomic Energy Commission of the status of progress during the past 8 months on the implementation of the Limited Test Ban Treaty Safeguards recommended by the Joint Chiefs of Staff, and approved by the late President Kennedy."[79]
  • April 20 - In a message to the 73rd Continental Congress of the Daughters of the American Revolution, President Johnson challenges them "to even greater service to your fellow Americans--to continuing your humanitarian efforts on behalf of underprivileged children--to helping win the war against poverty--to pursuing your constructive activities in the preservation of the historic landmarks and the sites of our revolutionary past."[80]
  • April 20 - President Johnson says that Secretary of State Dean Rusk "has just made a very interesting and informative report on his meeting with SEATO and with Generalissimo Chiang Kai-shek and with Ambassador Lodge in Saigon."[81]
  • April 20 - William Randolph Lovelace II is sworn in as Director of Space Medicine for the Manned Space flight in the Cabinet Room.[82]
  • April 21 - President Johnson delivers remarks to Treasury Department officials on Equal Employment Opportunity in the Rose Garden.[83]
  • April 21 - President Johnson receives a citation from the Disciples of Christ Historical Society in his White House office.[84]
  • April 28 - In a letter to President pro tempore Hayden and House Speaker McCormick, President Johnson announces his intent to send Congress "a bill designed to make possible the economic development of the Appalachian Region" prior to divulging details relating to the legislation and advocating for its passage.[85]
  • April 29 - President Johnson delivers remarks to civil rights leaders in the East Room on the need for Congress to pass the administration's civil rights bill.[86]
  • April 30 - President Johnson signs Proclamation 3590, urging "the citizens of this Nation to observe Saturday, October 24, 1964, as United Nations Day by means of community programs which will demonstrate their faith in the United Nations and contribute to a fuller understanding of its aims, problems, and accomplishments" and calling "upon the officials of the Federal and State Governments and upon local officials to encourage citizen groups and agencies of the press, radio, television, and motion pictures to engage in appropriate observance of United Nations Day throughout the land in cooperation with the United States Committee for the United Nations and other organizations."[87]
  • April 30 - President Johnson signs Proclamation 3588, extending "the welcome of the people of the United States to those persons who come to our country to visit the New York World's Fair, and express the hope that they will take this opportunity to enjoy the hospitality of other parts of our Nation."[88]
  • April 30 - President Johnson signs Proclamation 3587, establishing an immigration quota "solely for the purpose of compliance with the pertinent provisions of the Immigration and Nationality Act and is not to be considered as having any significance extraneous to such purpose."[89]
  • April 30 - President Johnson signs Proclamation 3586, designating "the week beginning May 24, 1964, as Small Business Week" and urging the "chambers of commerce, boards of trade, and other public and private organizations to participate in ceremonies recognizing the great contribution made by the 4.6 million small businesses of this country to our prosperous society and to the well-being and happiness of our people."[90]
  • April 30 - President Johnson attends a meeting with the President's Committee on Employment of the Handicapped in the Departmental Auditorium in Washington.[91]
  • April 30 - President Johnson signs Proclamation 3589, proclaiming "the ensuing twelve months a period of commemoration of the beginnings of the office of the Presidency of the United States."[92]
  • April 30 - President Johnson commemorates the one hundred and seventy-fifth anniversary of the inauguration of George Washington in the Fish Room.[93]
  • April 30 - President Johnson delivers remarks at the 1964 Campaign Conference for Democratic Women at the Sheraton-Park Hotel in Washington.[94]

July

  • July 1 - John T. McNaughton, Daniel Luevano, Solis Horwitz, and Robert W. Morse are sworn in as officials in the Defense Department in the Rose Garden.[95]
  • July 2 - President Johnson signs H.R. 6041 into law in the Cabinet Room. President Johnson says the legislation updates the Davis-Bacon Act and "sensibly provides that wage determinations shall, in addition to cash wages, take account of prevailing benefits such as medical and hospital care, pensions and workmen's compensation, unemployment insurance, vacations, holidays, and other such factors."[96]
  • July 2 - Maxwell D. Taylor is sworn in as United States Ambassador to South Vietnam in the Rose Garden.[97]
  • July 2Civil Rights Act of 1964
  • July 4 - In a statement, President Johnson reveals the recipients of the Presidential Medal of Freedom.[98]
  • July 6 - President Johnson signs Executive Order 11160, prescribing "regulations relating to the medical care of certain retired personnel of the Coast and Geodetic Survey and dependents of Coast and Geodetic Survey ships' officers and crew members, both active and retired."[99]
  • July 6 - President Johnson signs Proclamation 3595, designating "the week beginning October 4, 1964, as Fire Prevention Week" and urging "State and local governments, the American National Red Cross, the Chamber of Commerce of the United States, and business, labor, and farm organizations, as well as schools, civic groups, and public-information agencies to observe Fire Prevention Week, to develop and employ effective means for disseminating fire safety information and recommendations to all citizens throughout the year, and promptly to undertake other effective community actions designed to eliminate the causes of preventable fires."[100]
  • July 6 - President Johnson signs Proclamation 3596, a proclamation of agreements with Paraguay and the United Arab Republic as it pertains to trade.[101]
  • July 7 - In telephonic remarks from the Cabinet Room, President Johnson addresses those participating in the ceremony for the laying down of USS Mariano G. Vallejo (SSBN-658) in Mare Island Naval Shipyard.[102]
  • July 7 - President Johnson delivers remarks to members of the President's Committee on Equal Employment Opportunity on his association with the committee prior to becoming president and their work in securing groundwork for the "peaceful acceptance of the Civil Rights Act of 1964" in the Rose Garden.[103]
  • July 7 - President Johnson signs Executive Order 11161, directing the Defense Secretary and Administrator of the Federal Aviation Agency "to prepare and develop plans, procedures, policies, programs, and courses of action in anticipation of the probable transfer of the Federal Aviation Agency to the Department of Defense in the event of war" and functions of the Federal Aviation Agency.[104]
  • July 7 - President Johnson signs Proclamation 3597, amending headnote 2(d) of part 3 of the Appendix to the Tariff Schedules of the United States (77A Stat. 441) and adding "Dried milk, dried cream, and dried whey provided for in part 4 of schedule 1:" to 950.01 of part 3 of the Appendix to the Tariff Schedules of the United States (77A Stat. 442) via amendment.[105]
  • July 7 - President Johnson signs Proclamation 3598, designating "July 9, 1964, as Monocacy Battle Centennial" and urging "those who can do so to attend the dedication ceremonies to be held on that date at the site of the battle" and allow "others, in their home communities, hold ceremonies honoring the brave men of both sides who fought there-men who represented no fewer than twelve States, from Vermont to Louisiana."[106]
  • July 8 - Attorney General Robert F. Kennedy introduces President Johnson at a meeting with American attorneys in the East Room. President Johnson states his hope that the attorneys "will be restless champions of the cause of equal justice for the poor as well as for the rich" in the same mold as RFK and support both the Civil Rights Act and civil liberties.[107]
  • July 8 - In a statement, President Johnson reflects on asking the now deceased Roy E. Davidson and other individuals "to help preserve collective bargaining in America" during the previous winter.[108]
  • July 8 - In a statement, President Johnson addresses the rising rate of joblessness of the American youth and says that the "program announced today is the latest and one of the most promising in a variety of efforts we are making to bring opportunity to neighborhoods where it has long been absent."[109]
  • July 9 - President Johnson signs the Urban Mass Transportation Act of 1964 into law in the Cabinet Room. President Johnson says the "long-needed, long-awaited, landmark legislation" remains faithful to the congressional vision of support for highways and airways for automobile and airplane travel.[110]
  • July 10 - President Johnson presents the Distinguished Service Medal to Admiral Felt in the Cabinet Room.[111]
  • July 11 - President Johnson holds his twenty-first news conference in the Cabinet Room. President Johnson begins the conference with an address on "some announcements and some appointments" in addition to discussing differences in the economy as well as the progress of auto negotiations before answering questions from reporters regarding the mission of FBI Director J. Edgar Hoover in Mississippi, comments made by Senator Goldwater about the Johnson administration, if cuts to the budget of the National Space Administration will derail American efforts to land a man on the moon during the 1960s, his series of meetings with Latin American ambassadors, if his oratorical propensities being recognized by the National Forensic Society will influence his decision to debate the Republican nominee during the election cycle, what he expects to emerge from the meeting of inter-American foreign ministers, and additional comments by Senator Goldwater on Johnson's ability to beat any Republican in the general election at this point.[112]
  • July 12 - In a letter to Chairman of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology James R. Killian, Jr., President Johnson thanks Killian's committee for completing a report that "deals with issues which are important in carrying out this Nation's commitment to deploy science and technology boldly and effectively in the interest of the Nation's welfare."[113]
  • July 12 - In a statement, President Johnson says the recommendation in the report of the Committee on Public Higher Education in the District of Columbia "should have the immediate attention of the Congress" and that he is asking "the District Commissioners to prepare a draft of appropriate legislation for submission to the Congress."[114]
  • July 14 - President Johnson signs Proclamation 3599, calling on Americans "to observe the week beginning October 11, 1964, as National School Lunch Week, with ceremonies and activities designed to promote public understanding and awareness of the significance of the school lunch program to the child, to the home, to the farm, to industry, and to the Nation."[115]
  • July 15 - In a statement, President Johnson says the federal government bears some of the responsibility for both illegal traffic in drugs and the consequences of that traffic and designates government departments "to examine into their present procedures, to bring those procedures into maximum activity, and, wherever necessary, put into effect additional programs of action aimed at major corrections in the conditions caused by drug abuse." He designates Lee White of the White House Staff "to act as liaison agent between them, with instructions to implement the foregoing directive."[116]
  • July 17 - President Johnson signs the Water Resources Research Act of 1964 into law. President Johnson says the legislation will form "local centers of water research", "enlist the intellectual power of universities and research institutes in a nationwide effort to conserve and utilize our water resources for the common benefit", and "contemplates a high degree of interstate cooperation".[117]
  • July 17 - President Johnson reports on changes in the gross national product and personal income as proof of the United States' "strong and balanced economic expansion".[118]
  • July 23 - President Johnson delivers remarks at a luncheon for a group of businessmen in the State Dining Room.[119]
  • July 24 - President Johnson delivers farewell remarks to Thailand General Praphas Charusathien from the West Wing.[120]
  • July 24 - President Johnson attends a reception for labor leader groups in the East Room.[121]
  • July 24 - President Johnson holds his twenty-third news conference in the State Department Auditorium. President Johnson begins the conference with announcements on "the successful development of a major new strategic manned aircraft system, which will be employed by the Strategic Air Command" and "that in the year ending July 30th American exports of farm products broke all records, reaching an all-time high of $6 billion 151 million" before answering questions with reporters on indications of Communist involvement in the racial violence in New York City, his meeting with Senator Goldwater, President de Gaulle's call "for France, Communist China, the Soviet Union, and the United States all to get out of Indochina and leave them to settle their problems themselves", his reaction to the Republican Convention rejecting an amendment to the party platform restating the traditional civilian authority over the military, the new leadership of the Congolese Government, if he and the Defense Department think there is room for a potential withdrawal of American military wives and children from Saigon "or other southeast Asian command posts in the foreseeable future", his views on a satisfying running mate for his campaign, the effect of Governor of Alabama George Wallace exiting the race, and how active he intents to be in his campaign.[122]
  • July 27 - In a statement, the White House says the "President has requested the Department of the Interior to collaborate with the Atomic Energy Commission, in consultation with the Office of Science and Technology, to develop a plan" for a program that would advance progress "in large-scale desalting of sea water."[123]
  • July 27 - President Johnson delivers remarks at the White House welcoming ceremony for President of Madagascar Philibert Tsiranana on the South Lawn.[124]
  • July 27 - President Johnson and Madagascar President Tsiranana deliver toasts at a state dinner in the Rose Garden.[125]
  • July 28 - President Johnson addresses delegates to the Conference on International Rural Development in the Rose Garden.[126]
  • July 28 - President Johnson signs H.R. 6237 into law in the Cabinet Room. President Johnson says the legislation "will be a major step forward in assisting both public and private groups to preserve the records of our times" and thanks Representative Jack Brooks for suggesting the gathering.[127]
  • July 28 - President Johnson signs Proclamation 3602, proclaiming "the month of December 1964 as United States International Aviation Month" and inviting "the Governors of the States, the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, the Commissioners of the District of Columbia, and appropriate officials in other areas subject to the jurisdiction of the United States to issue similar proclamations and to join in the observance of the event at all appropriate levels."[128]
  • July 28 - President Johnson signs Executive Order 11162, amending Executive Order 10925 to include "(c) The Secretary of Defense, the Attorney General, the Postmaster General, the Secretary of Commerce, the Secretary of Health, Education, and Welfare, the Secretaries of the Army, Navy, and Air Force, the Chairman of the Atomic Energy Commission, the Administrator of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration, the Administrator of the Housing and Home Finance Agency, the Administrator of General Services, and the Chairman of the Civil Service Commission. Each such member may designate an alternate to represent him in his absence."[129]
  • July 28 - President Johnson signs Executive Order 11163, designating that a certain "tract of land be included in and reserved as a part of the Chattahoochee National Forest, such inclusion and reservation to be in accordance with and subject to all of the provisions and conditions of the agreement of May 21, 1964, between the Tennessee Valley Authority and the United States Department of Agriculture".[130]
  • July 29 - President Johnson delivers remarks to members of the National Agricultural Advisory Commission in the Fish Room.[131]
  • July 29 - In a statement, President Johnson announces that the "White House meeting will be an intellectual convocation of the States" and that the objective of the meeting will be seeing each state commence "a study group of the highest expertness--consisting of men and women drawn from all the faculties in the State and of experts outside the universities--which at a specific time will be ready to report on the problems and possibilities of that particular State and region during the coming decades."[132]
  • July 30 - In a statement, President Johnson says that with respect to his choice for a running mate, he has reached "the conclusion that it would be inadvisable for me to recommend to the convention any member of the Cabinet or any of those who meet regularly with the Cabinet." Johnson adds that he has personally notified Secretary of State Dean Rusk, Secretary of Defense Robert McNamara, Attorney General Robert Kennedy, and Agriculture Secretary Orville Freeman of his decision due to their names being mentioned in the press as possible choices for the vice presidential nomination.[133]
  • July 30 - In a statement, President Johnson says the President's Council on Physical Fitness's progress report "shows impressively that America's abundance is not encouraging apathy and our self-sufficiency is not breeding self-indulgence" and the "remarkable response and imposing progress toward instilling in our youth the good habits of physical fitness" that has occurred since the program began three years ago under the previous administration.[134]
  • July 30 - President Johnson delivers remarks on the education-related legislation passed by the 88th United States Congress in the past year to state and local school officials in the East Room.[135]
  • July 30 - President Johnson awards the Distinguished Service Medal to General McKee in the Rose Garden.[136]
  • July 30 - President Johnson holds his twenty-fourth news conference in his White House office. President Johnson begins with an address marking the developments of the nuclear test ban treaty signed under the Kennedy administration and answers questions from reporters on the influence of gathering voters from televised debates like in the 1960 presidential election, what criteria he has for a vice presidential candidate, and if he has alternated his economic policies.[137]
  • July 31 - In a statement, President Johnson congratulates Ranger 7 as well as NASA, the Jet Propulsion Laboratory, and associates in the industrial laboratories. President Johnson says the images obtained on the lunar surface will be helpful in guiding "in constructing the lunar excursion module and in planning the trip" and allowing the United States the ability to "be able to build our lunar landing equipment with greater certainty and knowledge of the conditions which our astronauts will encounter on the moon."[138]
  • July 31 - In a Rose Garden address, President Johnson reflects on the twentieth anniversary of the Warsaw Uprising and the decision "to cease the valiant fight was dictated and required by lack of food, a lack of water, a lack of ammunition, and a desire to save the remaining civilian population from systematic destruction. Eighty percent of Warsaw had been destroyed."[139]
  • July 31 - President Johnson signs Proclamation 3603, designating "August 1, 1961, as Warsaw Uprising Day" and inviting "the people of the United States to observe this day with appropriate ceremonies and activities, and I urge them to mark this event as an exceptional demonstration of man's courage and devotion in the long and continuing struggle for human freedom."[140]

August

  • August 1 - In a letter to Manlio Brosio, President Johnson to express his "warm congratulations on the occasion of your assumption of duties as Secretary General of NATO" and speaks on the improvements made by NATO since the signing of the North Atlantic Treaty.[141]
  • August 1 - President Johnson attends a briefing with space scientists on the flight to the moon in the Cabinet Room.[142]
  • August 1 - In a statement, President Johnson says he has advised United States Secretary of Labor W. Willard Wirtz on the subject of "both the New York Shipping Association and the International Longshoremen's Association, AFL-CIO, have jointly requested the appointment of a board of neutrals to assist them in their current contract negotiations."[143]
  • August 3 - President Johnson delivers remarks to foreign language newspaper publishers on their role in American unity in the East Room.[144]
  • August 3 - In a statement, President Johnson announces that he has directed the United States Navy "to continue the patrols in the Gulf of Tonkin off the coast of North Viet-Nam", double "the force by adding an additional destroyer to the one already on patrol", providing "a combat air patrol over the destroyers" and "orders to the commanders of the combat aircraft and the two destroyers (a) to attack any force which attacks them in international waters, and (b) to attack with the objective not only of driving off the force but of destroying it."[145]
  • August 4 - In remarks broadcast on the radio and television, President Johnson discusses the renewed aggression on the Gulf of Tonkin and announces that he has "instructed the Secretary of State to make this position totally clear to friends and to adversaries and, indeed, to all" and "instructed Ambassador Stevenson to raise this matter immediately and urgently before the Security Council of the United Nations."[146]
  • August 5 - President Johnson delivers remarks on the United States having spent the previous decade under his leadership as well as that of his predecessors Dwight D. Eisenhower and John F. Kennedy to respond with action after "threats to the peace and security of the peoples of southeast Asia from the Communist government of North Viet-Nam" at the dedication of the new journalism building at Syracuse University.[147]
  • August 5 - In a special message to Congress, President Johnson recommends "a Resolution expressing the support of the Congress for all necessary action to protect our armed forces and to assist nations covered by the SEATO Treaty" and assures Congress that "we shall continue readily to explore any avenues of political solution that will effectively guarantee the removal of Communist subversion and the preservation of the independence of the nations of the area."[148]
  • August 6 - President Johnson and Secretary General U Thant deliver toasts at a dinner in the State Dining Room.[149]
  • August 6 - President Johnson delivers remarks to the Secretary General of the United Nations in the Rose Garden.[150]
  • August 6 - President Johnson signs Proclamation 3604, officially recognizing and proclaiming "the ninetieth birthday of the Honorable Herbert Hoover, August 10, 1964" and urging "the people of the United States to pause on that day to reflect upon the many accomplishments of this distinguished American on behalf of all humanity."[151]
  • August 7 - In a statement, President Johnson says congressional passage of the "Joint Resolution on Southeast Asia is a demonstration to all the world of the unity of all Americans" and that this has proven the determination of the United States "to defend our own forces, to prevent aggression, and to work firmly and steadily for peace and security in the area."[152]
  • August 8 - In a statement, President Johnson says the House's approval of the economic opportunity bill is a sign of the United States' commitment to the War on Poverty and calls "upon all who share concern for the character of their own communities to enlist in this war against the blight and blemish of the poverty which exists amid plenty."[153]
  • August 8 - President Johnson holds his twenty-fifth news conference in his office at the LBJ Ranch. President Johnson begins the conference with an address on Southeast Asia and answers question from reporters on results in the Mississippi investigation, if he has any intent to send American diplomats to neutralist capitals, motives in Vietnam attacks, if he has communicated with former President Dwight D. Eisenhower about the air strikes, and rumors of a possible price increase in steel.[154]
  • August 10Gulf of Tonkin Resolution
  • August 11 - President Johnson delivers remarks to members of the National Association of Counties at a reception on the South Lawn.[155]
  • August 11 - President Johnson attends a ceremony marking the issuance of the "Register and Vote" Stamp in the East Room.[156]
  • August 12 - President Johnson signs the military pay bill into law in the Cabinet Room. President Johnson says the legislation "is an answer to those who would libel his loyalty to our civilian society or slander his sense of responsibility for the trust he bears to all mankind."[157]
  • August 12 - President Johnson delivers remarks to the American Bar Association at the Waldorf Hotel in New York City.[158]
  • August 13 - President Johnson delivers remarks at a luncheon for a group of state university presidents in the East Room.[159]
  • August 13 - President Johnson signs the Federal Aid Highway Act of 1964 into law in the Cabinet Room. President Johnson reflects on the passage of the Federal Aid Highway Act of 1956 and says the legislation "helps to provide us better primary and secondary highways on a 50/ 50 basis with the States" and supports "needed efforts to improve forest highways, public land roads and national park roads, and other such purposes."[160]
  • August 14 - President Johnson delivers remarks on the occasion of the commissioning of the U.S.S. Casimir Pulask via telephone from the Cabinet Room.[161]
  • August 14 - President Johnson signs the Government Employees Salary Reform Act of 1964 into law. President Johnson says the legislation "ranks near the top of the list in importance to the entire country" out of the multiple measures enacted that year and marks the first time the government has been given "the tools to identify and inspire, to reward and retain excellence in our Federal service."[162]
  • August 15 - President Johnson signs Executive Order 11166, ordering that all "lands and other property hereinafter described, being lands and property which were ceded to the United States by the Republic of Hawaii under the joint resolution of annexation, approved July 7, 1898 (30 Stat. 750), or which have been acquired in exchange for lands or properties so ceded, are hereby set aside for the use of the United States* in fee simple subject to valid existing rights".[163]
  • August 15 - President Johnson signs Executive Order 11167, authorizing the use of Kaobe, Puuanahulu, and Hummuula by the United States.[164]
  • August 15 - President Johnson signs Proclamation 3607, designating "the years 1964 and 1965 as a period in which all persons are especially invited to see the United States" and urging "our own citizens, and all other people, to visit our historic shrines and our natural wonders during this period, and to explore and enjoy our great recreational areas and facilities."[165]
  • August 15 - President Johnson signs Proclamation 3606, designating "the week of November 15 through November 21, 1964, as National Freedom from Hunger Week" and asking "the American Freedom from Hunger Foundation to take national leadership in planning appropriate observance of National Freedom from Hunger Week." President Johnson directs "the departments and agencies of the Federal Government which have responsibilities in the field of food, nutrition, and international relations to take appropriate steps to observe, and to cooperate with private groups in observing, National Freedom from Hunger Week."[166]
  • August 15 - President Johnson signs Proclamation 3605, designating "Sunday, October 11, 1964, as General Pulaski's Memorial Day" and directing "the appropriate Government officials to display the flag of the United States on all Government buildings on that day."[167]
  • August 15 - President Johnson signs Executive Order 11165, authorizing the United States to use land on the Fort Shafter Military Reservation.[168]
  • August 26 - President Johnson signs S. 3075 into law in the Cabinet Room. President Johnson says the legislation "now represents the most significant amendment to the atomic energy legislation that has been passed since 1954" and is the first to authorize "private ownership in the United States of special nuclear materials--the materials used as fuels for nuclear plants."[169]
  • August 27 - President Johnson accepts the nomination of Democratic Party candidate for President of the United States at the Democratic National Convention.[170]
  • August 28 - President Johnson delivers remarks via telephone opening the Parade of Progress in downtown Cleveland, Ohio.[171]
  • August 28 - President Johnson delivers remarks in Atlantic City Before the Democratic National Committee in Room 20 at Convention Hall in Atlantic City, New Jersey.[172]
  • August 29 - President Johnson delivers remarks advocating for the re-election of Ralph Yarborough during an appearance at a local rodeo arena in Stonewall, Texas.[173]
  • August 30 - In a filmed message to the delegates to the third International Conference on the Peaceful Uses of Atomic Energy, President Johnson says the federal government "is proceeding with an aggressive program of nuclear desalting" and invites the International Atomic Energy Agency "to play an ever larger role in these peaceful efforts."[174]
  • August 31 - President Johnson signs the Food Stamp Act of 1964 into law in the Cabinet Room. President Johnson says the legislation "weds the best of the humanitarian instincts of the American people with the best of the free enterprise system" and "permits us to use our highly efficient commercial food distribution system."[175]
  • August 31 - President Johnson delivers telephonic remarks at the Convention of the Plasterers' Union from the LBJ Ranch.[176]

October

  • October 1 - Philip Nichols, Jr. and Linton McGee Collins as Judge of the United States Customs Court and Judge of the United States Court of Claims in the State Dining Room.[177]
  • October 1 - In a letter to Deputy Attorney General Nicholas Katzenbach, President Johnson directs Katzenbach "pursuant to the provisions of Section 208 of the Labor Management Relations Act, 1947, to petition in the name of the United States any District Court of the United States having jurisdiction of the parties to enjoin the continuance of such strike and for such other relief as may in your judgment be necessary or appropriate."[178]
  • October 1 - President Johnson delivers remarks to students and faculty of Johns Hopkins University in addition to the university's president Milton Eisenhower as part of the university's lecture series.[179]
  • October 2 - In State Dining Room remarks, President Johnson designates 1965 as "International Cooperation Year" and announces that he is "appointing a special Cabinet Committee" to direct work relating to international partnerships.[180]
  • October 14 – Martin Luther King Jr. is awarded the Nobel Peace Prize.
  • October 15Nikita Khrushchev is replaced by Leonid Brezhnev.

1965

1966

  • January 6 - The text of a telegram by President Johnson to Carl Sandburg is released on the bulletin board in the White House's Press Room.[184]
  • January 6 - The text of a telegram by President Johnson to the ailing Chester Nimitz is released on the bulletin board in the Press Room.[185]
  • January 7 - President Johnson issues a statement on the members of the Advisory Council on Insured Loans to Students.[186]
  • January 7 - President Johnson issues Proclamation 3696, a termination of increased duty on clinical thermometers imports.[187]
  • January 10 - President Johnson releases a statement mourning the death of Prime Minister of India Lal Bahadur Shastri.[188]
  • January 10 - In a statement, President Johnson announces the appointment of James L. Goddard for Commissioner of the Food and Drug Administration.[189]
  • January 11 - President Johnson issues Executive Order 11265, amending a prior executive order to establish the National Defense Service Medal.[190]
  • January 12 - President Johnson delivers the 1966 State of the Union Address to a joint session of Congress.[191]
  • January 13 - President Johnson holds his fifty-third news conference in the Fish Room during the afternoon. President Johnson answers questions from reporters on the District of Columbia, Vietnam, Housing and Urban Development Department, women in military service, and continuation of American peace efforts.[192]
  • October 15Black Panther Party is established.
  • November 1 - President Johnson attends the dedication of Johnson Hill in Korea.[193]
  • November 1 - President Johnson arrives at Elmendorf Air Force Base in Anchorage, Alaska, delivering remarks on his last visit to the state and states his satisfaction with the state's choice of representatives in Congress.[194]
  • November 1 - President Johnson delivers remarks to American and Korean service members on American involvement in World War II and contemporary foreign policy issues in the Mess Hall, Camp Stanley.[195]
  • November 2 - President Johnson delivers remarks at Dulles International Airport on the four goals the seven nations that conferred during the Manila Conference agreed to and his views on developments abroad outside of American involvement.[196]
  • November 2 - President Johnson signs the Fish Protein Concentrate Act into law in the Ballroom at the Anchorage Westward Hotel. Johnson says the legislation "will make it possible to apply the results of research from the laboratory to the economic large-scale production of a wholesome, nutritious protein concentrate."[197]
  • November 2 - President Johnson addresses the Korean National Assembly reflecting on American intervention in the Korean War and speaks on advancements being taken on by the region under the leadership of President Park Chung-hee.[198]
  • November 3 - The White House announces President Johnson will undergo throat cancer within the following fifteen days.[199]
  • November 3 - President Johnson signs two bills authorizing over 10 billion in federal aid for education, adding that the legislation represents an investment in America's youth.[200]
  • November 3 - American spokesmen confirm American warships have relocated to the shipping channels off the coast of North Vietnam along with the US forces and shore batteries having exchanged fire.[201]
  • November 30 - In a letter to Chairman of the National Advisory Council on the Education of Disadvantaged Children Meredith Wilson, President Johnson states his appreciation for the report on the summer education programs for disadvantaged children and actions relating to it being taken by the administration.[202]
  • November 30 - In a statement, President Johnson says the reorganization of the Bureau of Prisons "results from our concern over the high rate of crime among previous offenders and our determination to do something about it" and notes figures that support the notion that reducing repeat offenders will decrease the crime rate.[203]

1967

1968

January

  • January 1 - President Johnson makes an announcement about his intent to ask for Congress to restrict travel by Americans due to a crash program meant to reduce payment deficit balance.[204] During a press conference at his ranch, Johnson says he cannot predict peace for the Vietnam War this year as ongoing investigations are being done into the statements alleged to have been made by Norodom Sihanouk that suggest the latter is interested in having friendly relations with the US.[205]
  • January 2 - President Johnson selects Arthur Okun for chair of his economic advisors council. President Johnson also announces the appointment of 18 individuals to serve as members of a federal commission dedicated to pornography and obscenity.[206] President Johnson signs a Social Security bill imposing larger benefit checks to 24 million people beginning in two months during the night. Johnson claims that a million Americans will be lifted above the poverty line with the legislation.[207]
  • January 3 - American planes resume bombing Hanoi, reporting the shooting down of two MIGs over the North Vietnamese capital.[208]
  • January 4 - Officials state that President Johnson's plan to slow down the U.S. gold outflow will have contributions made by Germany and Italy.[209]
  • January 5 - Vice President Humphrey affirms the support the US has for Africa in its battle for self-governing and prosperity during a short visit to Zambia.[210]
  • January 6 - The White House confirms President Johnson's health as being fine after a worldwide trip.[211]
  • January 7 - President Johnson meets with Prime Minister of Israel Levi Eshkol at the LBJ Ranch for the beginning of two days' worth of discussions on problems in the Middle East.[212] Senators Charles Percy and Eugene McCarthy appear separately on television with the message of calling on President Johnson to cease bombing in Vietnam.[213]
  • January 11 - General Lawrence F. O'Brien says he would be fine with running as a stand in for President Johnson in the Democratic primary in Massachusetts.[214]
  • January 13 - President Johnson announces his choice of Angler Biddle Duke to United States Chief of Protocol.[215]
  • January 15 - President Johnson speaks with Secretary of the Treasury Henry H. Fowler about the possibility of a 10% income tax surcharge.[216]Alf Landon criticizes President Johnson's Vietnam policy for the plight of the US dollar and the continued disorder across America while speaking to a Rotary club audience.[217]
  • January 16 - Citing a disillusion by Americans of "government by mystery", Governor of California Ronald Reagan tells 6,000 Republicans at a fundraising dinner that any Republican could defeat LBJ in the presidential election while speaking for 45 minutes.[218]
  • January 18 - During an appearance at the White House and with First Lady Lady Bird Johnson present, singer Eartha Kitt says of LBJ's Vietnam policy: "You send the best of this country off to be shot and maimed. No wonder the kids rebel and take pot."[219]
  • January 19 - President Johnson meets with United States Secretary of Defense Robert McNamara for discussions on matters concerning the Defense Department during the morning. President Johnson holds his one hundredth and seventeenth news conference in his White House office during the afternoon.[220] President Johnson addresses the Advisory Committee on Youth Activities of the Democratic National Committee in the Fish Room of the White House during the afternoon.[221]
  • January 20 - President Johnson announces a Washington-based pilot project for a housing and medical center for the low income elderly and expresses hope that it will become a model across the US.[222]
  • January 21 - Protestors of the Vietnam War are ejected from President Johnson's church in Washington while he is not present.[223]
  • January 22 - President Johnson transmits the third annual report of the International Coffee Agreement in a message to Congress per requirement of P.L. 89-23.[224]
  • January 23 - President Johnson sends Congress a 2.1 billion manpower proposal in his first special message of the year. The proposal features a plan to combat unemployment in the fifteen largest American cities.[225]
  • January 24 - President Johnson sends a message to Congress outlining his views on how civil rights should be adopted in the country's policies and living standards as well as calling for both chambers to become involved with the process by "adopting this legislation fundamental to the human rights and dignity of every American."[226]
  • January 25 - President Johnson orders the immediate active duty of 14,787 reservists to strengthen the US's abroad involvement in the debacle over the capture of U.S.S. Pueblo by North Korea, thereby mobilizing 372 fighter, bomber, and troop airplanes and bringing about the first type of mobilization since the Cuban Missile Crisis.[227] Chief Justice Earl Warren hails LBJ as someone that can lead the US through the current turbulent times during a White House black tie event that night.[228]Jerre Stockton Williams is sworn in as Chairman, Administrative Conference of the United States in the East Room during the afternoon.[229]
  • January 26 - President Johnson delivers a warning to North Korea that the US military is prepared for "any contingency that might arise in that area" while speaking over television and radio from the White House.[230] President Johnson addresses student delegates at the 1968 Senate Youth Program in the East Room during the afternoon.[231] President Johnson presents the Distinguished Service Medal to Wallace M. Greene, Jr. in the East Room during the afternoon.[232]
  • January 29 - In his annual budget message to Congress, President Johnson asks for 25.8 billion in the Vietnam War in 1969's fiscal year, a 1.3 billion increase from the expected costs of the fiscal year of 1968.[233]Charles Zwick is sworn in as Director, Bureau of the Budget in the Cabinet Room during the morning.[234]
  • January 30 - President Johnson requests Congress raise the GI mortgage loan guarantee for the permitting of veterans to buy more homes that are more adequate and expensive.[235]

February

  • February 1 - President Johnson delivers a speech on economics to Congress.[236]
  • February 2 - The White House releases transcript of a dialogue between President Johnson and George Meany, the two discussing the Vietnam War, crime, housing, education and health programs, and poverty.[237]
  • February 2 - The Senate confirms Edward R. De for the position of Assistant Secretary of State for Cultural Affairs.[238]
  • February 3 - Nixon gives his first speech in New Hampshire to a dinner audience, outlining his view that private enterprise should resolve the US's problems and cites LBJ not being able to travel around without fear of demonstration as reason the country should have "new leadership."[239]
  • February 3 - Radio Tongyang says the US held its third secret meeting with North Koreans during the day. The claim is not confirmed by American officials.[240]
  • February 4 - Administration spokesman confirm President Johnson received written assurances from the joint chiefs of staff ahead of committing the US military to defending the North Korea-based Khe Sanh Combat Base.[241]
  • February 7 - President Johnson announces the rebuilding of the Silver Bridge in remarks during a morning appearance in his White House office.[242]
  • February 8 - Prime Minister of Britain Harold Wilson warns President Johnson to fight off urges to appeal to "all those understandable demands" for moves that could "have incalculable effects" in the night hours.[243]
  • February 9 - President Johnson announces the brother of former president Dwight Eisenhower, Milton Eisenhower, as his choice to be sent to the US delegation at the Inter-American Cultural council session in Maracay, Venezuela the following week.[244] The White House condemns a comment attributed to presidential candidate Eugene McCarthy from the previous day that tactical nuclear weapons were of request in Vietnam, McCarthy responding afterward that he had instead said that he would not be surprised if this was occurring in Vietnam, though the Associated Press reports a tape recording of McCarthy making the statement in the manner the White House claimed.[245] Nixon says peace in Vietnam is only possible through continued pressure from the military during a press conference in Denver.[246]
  • February 10 - President Johnson releases a statement in conjunction with his signing of a proclamation marking the anniversary of the League of United Latin American Citizens. Johnson praises the LULAC as having always "recognized that education is the key that will open the doors of opportunity" and reflects on his tenure as a teacher in Cotulla, Texas showing him the aspirations of students dreaming for more learning.[247]
  • February 12 - President Johnson attends a ceremony commemorating the one hundred and fifty-ninth birthday of President Abraham Lincoln at the Lincoln Memorial during the afternoon. President Johnson delivers a speech on Lincoln's legacy, its relation to American society as well as across the world, and the resolve of Americans to achieve "a just and a lasting peace, among ourselves and with all nations."[248]
  • February 14 - President Johnson signs the Savings and Loan Holding Company Amendments of 1967 in the Fish Room during the afternoon. President Johnson says the legislation gives additional protections to Americans borrowing from savings and loans associations and marks the beginning of the Federal Home Loan Bank Board being able "to regulate and supervise holding companies which own or control insured associations."[249]
  • February 15 - President Johnson addresses the Washington Chapter of the National Conference of Christians and Jews in the International Ballroom at the Washington Hilton Hotel during the evening.[250]
  • February 17 - President Johnson delivers an address to troops at El Toro Marine Corps Air Station in California during the evening. In his remarks, Johnson speaks about the seriousness of the conflict in Vietnam and favorably of the soldiers who he calls "the sons of America's best years, the best years any nation, any people, have ever known."[251]
  • February 19 - In a statement, President Johnson responds to receiving the Industry-Government Special Task Force on Travel report, predicting that it will help with "our goal of reducing our travel deficit by $500 million this year" and have a growing impact with the passage of years.[252]
  • February 20 - President Johnson transmits the annual report of the Civil Service Commission to Congress in a message, urging "prompt consideration and passage of this legislation to strengthen our Federal system and assure more efficient conduct of programs with shared administrative responsibilities."[253]
  • February 22 - President Johnson sends a message to Congress outlining the issues in urban communities and reflects on the actions of the Johnson administration and Congress in correcting these problems, recommending appropriations of 2.18 billion for the antipoverty program for the fiscal year of 1969 and states that his other proposals to Congress if passed can "improve the lot and the life of the city dweller."[254]
  • February 23 - President Johnson releases a statement summarizing the response on his part to the Inter-Agency Committee on Mexican American Affairs.[255]
  • February 24 - President Johnson meets with leaders of the National Alliance of Businessmen Henry Ford II, Paul Austin, and Leo Beebe during the morning.[256]
  • February 26 - President Johnson transfers the Reorganization Plan 2 of 1968 to Congress in a special message; he advocates that Congress "transfer urban mass transportation programs to the Secretary of Transportation and to establish an Urban Mass Transportation Administration within the Department of Transportation to strengthen the organizational capacity of the Federal Government to achieve these objectives."[257]
  • February 27 - President Johnson attends the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association Convention at the Dallas Memorial Auditorium during the morning.[258] President Johnson gives remarks at an evening birthday dinner for John Connally in the Gregory Gymnasium at the University of Texas.[259]
  • February 28 - President Johnson gets stuck in the elevator with outgoing Secretary of Defense Robert McNamara and eleven other individuals for 12 minutes.[260]
  • February 29 - President Johnson attends the farewell ceremony for Defense Secretary McNamara during the afternoon.[261] President Johnson delivers remarks at a State Dining Room dinner honoring American governors during the evening.[262]

March

  • March 1 - Clark Clifford begins his tenure as United States Secretary of Defense after an East Room swearing in ceremony, during which President Johnson proclaims Clifford as having drafted the legislation for the establishment of the defense department during the tenure of former President Harry Truman.[263]
  • March 2 - President Johnson travels to Puerto Rico for the first time.[264]
  • March 3 - Chairman of President Johnson's National Advisory Commission on Civil Disorders and Governor of Illinois Otto Kerner, Jr. says the US cannot implement all of the recommendations of the commission to combating unrest by black Americans.[265]
  • March 6 - President Johnson addresses members of the Joint Savings Bank-Savings and Loan Committee on Urban Problems in the Cabinet Room during the morning.[266]C. R. Smith is sworn in as the 18th United States Secretary of Commerce in the East Room during the afternoon.[267] President Johnson issues a statement designating Ambassador Robert M. McKinney to lead the President's Foreign Visitor Program. President Johnson states his expectations regarding the findings including when he expects to have the results reported to him and that agencies cooperate with the endeavor.[268]
  • March 7 - President Johnson issues a statement on the death of Joseph William Martin Jr., praising his tenure in office and stating that "he will be missed but affectionately remembered."[269]
  • March 8 - President Johnson issues a statement on the Conservation Message, stating that he had sent an action program to Congress that will combat pollution, allow 120 million Americans to reach a national park in an afternoon drive, and give each community a place of pride.[270]
  • March 11 - John H. Crooker, Jr. is sworn in as Chairman, Civil Aeronautics Board in the East Room during the afternoon.[271]
  • March 13 - President Johnson signs S. 1155 in the Fish Room during the morning. The legislation acts as an amendment to the Export-Import Bank of 1945, changing the name to the Export-Import Bank of the United States of America.[272]
  • March 14 - President Johnson attends the Federal Woman's Award Ceremony in the Cabinet Room. President Johnson notes comments made about women by his predecessors and compliments the winners of the award with having influenced important fields.[273]
  • March 16 - President Johnson attends a meeting of the National Alliance of Businessmen at the Sheraton Park Hotel in Washington during the morning.[274] Senator Robert F. Kennedy announces his candidacy in the Democratic presidential primaries.
  • March 18 - President Johnson requests a national austerity program, warning "many needed actions" will be postponed by cuts to the budget of the administration in Minneapolis[275]
  • March 19 - The White House denies that President Johnson is prepared to make specific actions toward a change in the national austerity program.[276]
  • March 20 - RFK lambasts President Johnson's proposed housing plan during a Senate committee appearance, Secretary of Housing and Urban Development Robert C. Weaver responding that RFK's proposal is "a rich man's bill for poor people's housing."[277]
  • March 21 - President Johnson promises Americans a defeat of communist aggression and that honorable peace will be won in Vietnam while speaking in the flower garden of the White House.[278]
  • March 22 - President Johnson announces the nomination of Wilbur J. Cohen for Secretary of Health, Education, and Welfare.[279]
  • March 24 - Vice President Humphrey serves a notice that the administration does not agree with the worries of the national advisory civil disorders commission that the Us was moving into two unequal societies with one black and one white.[280]
  • March 25 - President Johnson calls on labor unions and farm organizations for supporting programs by his administration that he claims are threatened by the election year's partisan politics, speaking to AFL-CIO and an agriculture department-sponsored farm policy conference.[281]
  • March 27 - The Senate approves by vote the authorization of both wiretapping and eavesdropping in investigations of criminals.[282]
  • March 28 - Senator McCarthy says President Johnson and Creighton Abrams should consider rebuilding the collapsed South Vietnamese government.[283]
  • March 29 - President Johnson says "grave peril" was signaled by the Memphis riot and that the government will assist local law enforcement prevent a summer of racial violence in two speeches as well as a formal statement.[284]
  • March 31 - Johnson announces at the end of a speech that he will not run for reelection nor accept the nomination of the Democratic Party if offered.[285]

April

  • April 1 - President Johnson says he will meet with RFK whenever the latter is available.[286]
  • April 2 - President Johnson tells Democratic Party leaders during a meeting at the White House that he is not going to influence a particular candidate for the presidential nomination.[287] Senator Everett Dirksen says during a press conference that President Johnson insisted he was not a candidate for office during meetings between the pair.[288]
  • April 4Martin Luther King, Jr. is assassinated. In response to King's death, Johnson cancels appearances in Hawaii for a war strategy meeting and a Democratic fundraiser, and speaks during the night hours with a request for calm and understanding.[289]
  • April 5 - President Johnson declares the day one of national mourning for the previous day's death of Martin Luther King.[290]
  • April 6 - President Johnson postpones his planned speech to a joint session of congress in two days, White House press secretary George Christian saying that it was thought the funeral would be held on the same day when the president announced his postponing.[291]
  • April 7 - President Johnson sends 2,000 troops to Baltimore following the city being declared as insurrect by Governor of Maryland Spiro Agnew.[292]
  • April 8 - A formal communication from North Korea agreeing to peace talks is received by President Johnson. In the night hours, the president leaves for Camp David.[293]
  • April 10 - President Johnson holds his one hundred and twenty-third news conference in his White House office during the afternoon, answering questions from reporters on the civil rights bill, the President's Commission on Civil Disorders, exchanges with Hanoi, the whereabouts of John S. McCain, Jr., and Vice President Humphrey's potential presidential candidacy.[294]
  • April 11Civil Rights Act of 1968
  • April 12 - The White House announces a meeting between President Johnson and President of South Korea Chung Hee Park in five days.[295]
  • April 14 - President Johnson observes Easter at two church services in Texas.[296]
  • April 15 - President Johnson requests North Korea cease delays and make a "serious and considered" response to the proposals for neutral areas where potential peace talks could emerge by the US.[297]
  • April 16 - President Johnson and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff General Earle Wheeler speak with Admiral Grant Sharp and Admiral John S. McCain, Jr. in the Pacific in an attempt to prepare for Johnson's upcoming meeting with Chung Hee Park.[298]
  • April 17 - Johnson meets with Chung Hee Park to give assurance that the US will continue repelling aggression in South Korea, the two issuing a joint statement saying that North Korea's "belligerent and aggressive action" is a threat to South Korea's security.[299]
  • April 18 - Secretary of State Rusk extends the five US proposed North Vietnam contact peace talks sites to fifteen and accuses Hanoi of initiating propaganda warfare.[300]
  • April 19 - Nixon tells a luncheon that presidential candidates should refrain from critiquing President Johnson's policy on the Vietnam War until peace attempts have been resolved, critiquing RFK and McCarthy for their comments on the administration.[301]
  • April 21 - President Johnson attends a service in the morning hours at the St. Barnabas Episcopal Church in Fredericksburg, Texas.[302]
  • April 22 - Secretary of Defense Clark Clifford speaks during a luncheon where he says the Johnson administration has arrived at the conclusion that less US military force will be needed less and lead to a gradual withdrawal.[303]
  • April 23 - President Johnson announces US officials have been in talks with Hanoi officials and that another meeting is scheduled for tomorrow in the hope of agreeing on a location for Vietnam peace talks.[304]
  • April 24 - President Johnson says the US can only progress if both major political parties work for the best interest of the country while delivering a speech to the Cook County Democratic Party fundraising dinner at the Conrad Hilton hotel.[305]
  • April 25 - President Johnson delivers a speech to the Organization of Administrative Assistants to Democratic congressmen at a luncheon meeting of the Burro Club during the afternoon.[306]
  • April 26 - President Johnson addresses the Board of Trustees of the Urban Institute in the Cabinet Room during the morning.[307] W. Marvin Watson is sworn in as Postmaster General in the Rose Garden during the afternoon.[308]
  • April 30 - President Johnson presents the National Teacher of the Year Award to David E. Graf in the Cabinet Room during the afternoon.[309]

May

  • May 1 - The Johnson administration sends a proposal of 22 billion government economy package through the White House appropriations committee.[310]
  • May 2 - Wilbur Mills rejects the Johnson administration's budget proposal from the previous day; he says during a press conference that the terms were not clear and that it did not go as far back as needed in cutting spending.[311]
  • May 3 - President Johnson warns that violence could break out at the planned Washington poor people's march and "extensive preparations" have been made in advance.[312] Johnson meets with former President Truman in Independence, Missouri to discuss the upcoming peace talks with North Vietnam in Paris.[313]
  • May 6 - President Johnson attends a reception for the White House Fellows in the State Dining Room during the afternoon.[314] President Johnson delivers remarks at an afternoon reception in honor of Senator Carl Hayden in the Senate Office Building following Hayden's announcement that he would retire after seven terms in the Senate.[315]
  • May 7 - President Johnson presents the 1968 Scholastic Achievement Awards to blind college students in the Cabinet Room during the early afternoon.[316]
  • May 10 - Peace talks between the US and North Vietnam begin on bringing an end to the southeast Asia conflict.[317]
  • May 11 - President Johnson delivers an address to the White House Correspondents Association at the Washington Hilton Hotel during the evening.[318] President Johnson speaks to the Business council and tells them the US cannot tolerate the current rapid price increases.[319]
  • May 13 - President Johnson sends a message to Congress transmitting "the first annual report on the administration of the Highway Safety Act of 1966."[320]
  • May 14 - President Johnson makes a morning appearance at the Pentagon to participate in a Hall of Heroes dedication and present the Medal of Honor to American service members.[321]
  • May 15 - President Johnson attends a dinner with President of Tunisia Habib Bourguiba in the State Dining Room during the evening.[322]
  • May 16 - A joint statement is released on the meeting of President Johnson and President Bourguiba detailing the content of their discussions.[323]Wilbur J. Cohen is sworn in as the 7th United States Secretary of Health, Education, and Welfare in the East Room during the afternoon.[324]
  • May 17 - President Johnson attends a ceremony for the Law and Order Postage Stamp in the Fish Room during the morning. His remarks address gun control and general crime reforms.[325]
  • May 18 - President Johnson addresses members of the Association of American Editorial Cartoonists in the East Room during the afternoon.[326]
  • May 20 - President Johnson attends a dinner honoring founder and Chairman of the Arthritis Foundation Floyd B. Odlum in the Grand Ballroom of the Waldorf Astoria Hotel in New York City during the evening.[327]
  • May 22 - President Johnson signs into law legislation authorizing the study of automobile insurance by the government, the first of its kind.[328] Congress sends a bill to President Johnson forcing banks and retailers to "clearly and conspicuously" state how much needs to be paid for the buying goods or being loaned money.[329]
  • May 25 - President Johnson, speaking during the International Ladies Garment Workers' convention, calls on voters to know from candidates how they would keep their campaign promises should they be elected and lists his legislative successes.[330]
  • May 27 - President Johnson delivers remarks at the White House welcome ceremony for Prime Minister of Australia John Gorton in the East Room during the morning.[331]
  • May 29 - President Johnson signs the Consumer Credit Protection Act in the East Room during the afternoon. President Johnson says the legislation will allow consumers to be privy to "how much interest he will have to pay on a credit purchase" and concurrently announces the establishment of the National Commission on Consumer Finance to study consumer protection.[332] President Johnson delivers the commencement address at Texas Christian University during the evening.[333]
  • May 30 - President Johnson holds his one hundredth and twenty-seventh news conference at the LBJ Ranch in the afternoon. President Johnson answers questions on the Paris peace discussions, France developments, the tax bill, the bombing pause, comments made by General Westmoreland, and Prime Minister Gorton.[334]
  • May 31 - In a statement, President Johnson announces an increase "in the interest rates for both United States savings bonds and Freedom Shares" that will commence the following day.[335]

June

  • June 1 - Chairman of the board of regents of the University of Texas Frank C. Erwin, Jr. says he has spoken with President Johnson and the latter has indicated an interest in teaching political science and government.[336]
  • June 3 - President Johnson releases a statement on the death of Helen Keller.[337]
  • June 4 - Johnson's request for the Communists' aid in scaling the Vietnam War down and making peace is responded to with a decline by a North Vietnam spokesman.[338] President Johnson delivers the commencement address at Glassboro State College in Glassboro, New Jersey during the morning.[339]
  • June 5 - The Viet Cong throws an estimated two more guerilla battalions into their battle for Saigon.[340]
  • June 6 - RFK dies. President Johnson signs a resolution designating Secret Service protection for all major presidential candidates after Congress votes in favor of it earlier in the day.[341] Johnson declares the upcoming June 9 a day of mourning.[342]
  • June 8 - President Johnson attends RFK's funeral.[343]
  • June 10 - President Johnson signs Executive Order 11412, establishing the National Commission on the Causes and Prevention of Violence during an afternoon appearance in the Cabinet Room. After the signing, Johnson delivers remarks on the continued usage of violence in American society and notes several assassinations and assassination attempts to have occurred within the past century alone.[344] President Johnson attends a reception for the Presidential Scholars of 1968 in the East Room during the afternoon.[345]
  • June 11 - President Johnson attends the graduation exercises of the Capitol Page School in the East Room during the afternoon. President Johnson's remarks are composed of addressing the continued violence and divisiveness within the US and recounting his announcement to not run for re-election.[346] President Johnson issues Executive Order 11414, imposing an adjustment on the monthly pay basic for service members.[347]
  • June 13 - President Johnson accepts the Swords Into Plowshares Award in the Cabinet Room during the afternoon. President Johnson addresses the nonproliferation treaty in his remarks.[348]
  • June 14 - President Johnson transmits the fourth annual report on the status of the National Wilderness Preservation System, which covers the previous year, to Congress in a message.[349]
  • June 28 - President Johnson signs H.R. 15951 into law, stating that Memorial Day, Veterans Day, and Washington's Birthday will be celebrated on Mondays.[350] President Johnson signs the Revenue and Expenditure Control Act of 1968 into law. The legislation imposes a temporary 10 percent income tax surcharge on both individuals and corporations through June 30, 1969.[351]
  • June 29 - President Johnson attends the dedication of the J. Percy Priest Project in Nashville, Tennessee during the morning.[352] President Johnson releases a statement noting the upcoming second anniversary of the Medicare program noting and praising the changes made since its inception.[353]

July

  • July 1 - President Johnson announces Russia has agreed to meet with the US for the discussion on nuclear weapon systems being limited and reduced.[354] The White House announces the upcoming trip of President Johnson to El Salvador for the latter to meet with Central American republics' presidents.[355]
  • July 3 - North Vietnam announces the release of three American pilots without saying when they will be released nor who they are.[356]
  • July 4 - President Johnson releases a statement condemning the previous day's protesting of a Minneapolis speech by presidential candidate George Wallace.[357]
  • July 5 - The Defense Department announces August 1 as the beginning of Vietnam soldiers being able to obtain discharge earlier with an agreement to remain in Vietnam longer.[358]
  • July 6 - President Johnson arrives in El Salvador and is met with protestors. President Johnson meets with five Central American presidents and they jointly declare support for Latin America having a common market developed.[359] President Johnson delivers remarks at the working session of the Presidents of the Central American Republics in San Salvador at the Hotel El Salvador Intercontinental during the afternoon.[360]
  • July 7 - President Johnson visits two schools, the United States embassy, and a rural area in San Salvador.[361] President Johnson delivers remarks at the Lyndon B. Johnson School in the courtyard of the school during the morning. Johnson praises the effects of Latin friends on his life and his appreciation for having a school named after him.[362]
  • July 8 - Dean of the United States House of Representatives Emanuel Celler states he will oppose an attempt by President Johnson to attach the registration of gun owners to any gun legislation.[363]
  • July 9 - Legislation banning interstate gun sales and over the counter sales to residents that are not denizens of the state is cleared by the House rules committee.[364]
  • July 13 - Secretary of Defense Clifford rejects immediate cease-fire in Vietnam alongside charging North Vietnam with doubling down on its war effort.[365]
  • July 15 - President Johnson signs S. 1401 in the East Room during the morning. The legislation doubles the Land and Water Conservation Fund to 200 million over the course of the next five years.[366]
  • July 16 - President Johnson addresses members of the Future Farmers of America in the Rose Garden during the morning.[367]
  • July 29 - President Johnson addresses officers of the National Association of Counties in the Cabinet Room during the afternoon. In his remarks, Johnson addresses a geographic inequality that he states as affecting America and what the administration has done to combat these ills.[368]
  • July 31 - President Johnson holds his one hundredth and twenty-ninth news conference in the Cabinet Room during the afternoon. President Johnson answers questions from reporters on the subjects of Vietnam, the National Liberation Front in Vietnam, the steel situation, Paris peace discussions, assessment made to missile disarmment discussions, District of Columbia, and Supreme Court appointments.[369]

August

  • August 1 - At the Department of Housing and Urban Development, President Johnson signs a housing bill, providing 5.8 billion for the following three years for a program intended to construct 26 million housing units over the next ten years, President Johnson saying it could potentially be the Magna Charta for liberating cities and praising Congress' enacting of the bill after "decades of neglect."[370] Late in the day, President Johnson authorizes the defense department to switch company steel orders to companies that have raised prices.[371]
  • August 2 - President Johnson talks with former President Dwight D. Eisenhower and Mamie Eisenhower at the Walter Reeds Army Hospital as the former president recovers from a heart attack, Johnson telling reporters afterward that he and Eisenhower discussed steel but insisted Eisenhower would not influence his further actions.[372]
  • August 3 - President Johnson orders government civilian agencies to purchase the cheapest steel available to them in a move seen as being against defiant steel producers.[373]
  • August 5 - President Johnson's proposed anti-riot legislation is sent to Congress, giving five year imprisonment and $10,000 fine as maximum penalties for individuals found to have crossed state lines for the purpose of inciting civil disorder.[374]
  • August 21 - President Johnson announces the Warsaw Pact invasion of Czechoslovakia as well as his demands the withdrawal of the troops of the Soviet Union and its Warsaw pact allies.[375] The US accuses North Vietnam of halting the progression of peace talks in Paris with its "rigidity and inflexibility".[376]
  • August 22 - Johnson administration officials say that President Johnson and other major officials were made privy of the possibility of an invasion of Czechoslovakia three weeks before the crossing of Czech frontiers by the Russians.[377]
  • August 24 - While speaking to Southwest Texas State graduates, President Johnson insists he is not going to be a candidate for anything except "maybe a rocking chair" and would use the remainder of his time in office to speak on issues mattering to him.[378]

September

  • September 2 - President Johnson releases a statement marking the occasion of Labor Day, noting what he considers various improvements in American life.[379]
  • September 4 - President Johnson issues Executive Order 11427, ending the four-year-old Maritime Advisory Committee.[380] President Johnson transmits a special report on the joint comprehensive review of the United States-Canada Automotive Products Agreement in a message to Congress.[381]
  • September 9 - President Johnson attends the dedication for the building for the Department of Housing and Urban Development.[382]
  • September 10 - President Johnson releases a statement commemorating the tenth anniversary of the National Defense Education Act reflecting on the speech he gave in the Senate in favor of the law and noted the differences within the decade since the bill was signed into law.[383]
  • September 26 - President Johnson transmits the ninth annual report on Weather Modification to Congress in a message.[384]
  • September 28 - President Johnson attends the Convention of the National Association of Postmasters in the International Ballroom at the Washington Hilton Hotel during the afternoon.[385] President Johnson attends the dedication of the Thomas More College during the afternoon.[386]
  • September 30 - President Johnson attends a meeting of the World Bank and the International Monetary Fund at the Sheraton Park Hotel during the morning.[387] President Johnson signs the Colorado River Basin Project Act in the East Room during the afternoon. President Johnson says the bill "will be one of the largest reclamation projects ever authorized in any single piece of legislation."[388]

October

  • October 1 - President Johnson attends a morning meeting of the Incorporators of the National Housing Partnership in the Cabinet Room.[389] President Johnson releases a statement on the tenth anniversary of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration noting the progress that has been made since its inception and honoring all of those involved in creating NASA.[390] President Johnson signs a bill establishing the Flaming Gorge National Recreation Area. In a statement released concurrently with the signing, President Johnson says the bill "will guarantee this generation and its descendants that these 201,000 acres of rich land and sparkling water will remain forever unspoiled."[391] President Johnson transmits the 22nd annual report of American involvement in the United Nations to Congress in a message. The report serves as an overview of the previous year.[392]
  • October 2 - President Johnson releases a statement confirming his acceptance of Supreme Court nominee Abe Fortas' withdrawal from consideration. President Johnson states his high opinion of Fortas and his discontent with the choice made on the part of members of the Senate, noting his own membership within the upper chamber of Congress.[393]
  • October 4 - President Johnson transmits the annual report of the Office of Alien Property for the fiscal year of 1967 in a message to Congress.[394]
  • October 7 - President Johnson issues Proclamation 3876, designating the day as "Child Health Day." President Johnson urges agencies and organizations concerned with the state of children worldwide to come together during the holiday "in actions that will bring strength and recognition to efforts which foster better child health."[395]
  • October 8 - President Johnson transmits the twelfth annual report on the Trade Agreements Program to Congress. The report, covering 1967, is accompanied by a statement from President Johnson in which the latter notes that he has "directed the Special Representative for Trade Negotiations to conduct a long-range study of trade policy."[396] President Johnson signs S. 3068, an amendment of the Food Stamp Act of 1964. The legislation extends the program for three years and is said by Johnson to call "for a substantial increase in expenditures to meet the tragedy of hunger in America."[397]
  • October 9 - President Johnson signs H.R. 16175 into law, setting aside "surplus land at the old National Bureau of Standards site for a new international complex." President Johnson says the land will be used as the site for an international center in the American capital.[398] President Johnson signs the Foreign Assistance Act of 1968. In a statement released concurrently with the signing, President Johnson notes his concern for the "serious reductions in the amounts authorized under this act and the further reductions in foreign aid appropriations which the House has now voted."[399]
  • October 11 - President Johnson signs H.R. 17126, extending the Food and Agriculture Act of 1965 by an additional year. In a statement, President Johnson says the bill continues basic agricultural commodities and voices his discontent with Congress not acting on his recommendations in a special message on February 27 that year.[400]
  • October 13 - President Johnson signs H.R. 17524, an amendment to the Merchant Marine Act of 1936 that extends the federal government's "authority to subsidize the cost of merchant vessels constructed in U.S.. shipyards" by a year. In a statement released concurrent with the signing, President Johnson notes that he would have preferred to have signed "a measure which completely restructures our merchant marine policy to meet the modern realities of this important industry" and charges Congress with not having "dealt with the maritime problem in the comprehensive manner proposed by the administration."[401]
  • October 15 - President Johnson signs H.R. 15758 into law during a morning appearance in the Cabinet Room. The legislation is an amendment to the Public Health Service Act and is said by President Johnson to "help millions of citizens in literally dozens of ways."[402] President Johnson accepts a gold-plated branding iron as a reward for his participation in furthering savings bond programs in the Cabinet Room during the afternoon.[403]
  • October 16 - President Johnson signs the Intergovernmental Cooperation Act in the Cabinet Room during the afternoon. The legislation is said by President Johnson to bestow hundreds of federal grants across the states, provide superior information to Governors and Senators regarding the aforementioned grants, better "regional and local planning", and offer federal agencies to share exclusive abilities and information with both state and local governments.[404] President Johnson attends the annual dinner of the Alfred E. Smith Memorial Foundation at the Waldorf-Astoria Hotel during the evening.[405]
  • October 18 - President Johnson signs the Radiation Control for Health and Safety Act of 1968 in the Cabinet Room during the afternoon. President Johnson says it will be the last consumer measure that he signs in office and calls it "protection for all Americans."[406]
  • October 21 - President Johnson attends an award ceremony presenting the Outstanding Employers of the Handicapped in the Cabinet Room during the afternoon.[407]
  • October 22 - President Johnson signs the Gun Control Act of 1968 in the Cabinet Room during the morning. President Johnson says the legislation imposes regulations on firearms including lethal weapons being sold to minors and banning interstate gun sales, and notes his discontent with Congress not acting on proposals by the administration.[408]
  • October 23 - President Johnson addresses the Assistant and Regional Directors of the Office of Economic Opportunity in the Cabinet Room at the White House during the afternoon.[409]
  • October 24 - President Johnson signs the Military Justice Act of 1968 in the Cabinet Room during the afternoon. President Johnson says the legislation continues the work began by the Uniform Code of Military Justice and establishes an independent court system within the American military.[410]
  • October 27 - President Johnson attends a luncheon for the All Americans Council of the Democratic National Committee at the Waldorf-Astoria Hotel in New York City during the afternoon.[411]
  • October 29 - President Johnson attends a presentation ceremony for the White House Fellows Association Report in the Cabinet Room during the afternoon.[412]
  • October 30 - President Johnson releases a statement congratulating the United States Olympic Team for their victory, declaring that the United States is in the team's debt and the win "brought new honor to our country."[413]
  • October 31 - Remarks are aired of President Johnson announcing a bombing halt in North Vietnam during the evening. The address was recorded the previous day in the Family Theater at the White House.[414]

November

  • November 1 - President Johnson sends a message to his son-in-law Charles Robb on his promotion to Major within the military as well as the birth of his daughter the previous week.[415]
  • November 2 - The government of North Vietnam in Hanoi announces its attendance of peace talks in Paris with the US while urging South Vietnam soldiers to win in the ongoing conflict.[416]
  • November 3 - President Johnson appears with Vice President Humphrey in Houston, Texas for the latter's presidential campaign.[417]
  • November 4 - President Johnson releases a statement in response to his earlier release of a report on the environment's noise reporting on facts relating to the environment and what he views as paramount to solving the problem.[418]
  • November 5 - President Johnson sends a telegram to Vice President Humphrey lauding his efforts during his presidential campaign.[419]
  • November 6 - President Johnson signs Executive Order 11433, establishing an emergency board to investigate the dispute between Illinois Central Railroad Company, Louisville & Nashville Railroad Company, and the Belt Railway Company of Chicago.[420]
  • November 8 - President Johnson announces his authorizing of a "2.5 million contribution to the International Committee of the Red Cross to aid the victims of the Nigerian civil war."[421]
  • November 11 - President Johnson meets with President-elect Nixon at the White House during the afternoon. The two make a joint appearance outside the West Lobby outlining the contents of their meeting.[422] President Johnson issues a statement on the occasion of Veterans Day.[423]
  • November 12 - Defense Secretary Clifford rebukes the South Vietnam withdrawal of compromise expanding the Paris peace talks while ceasing bombing in North Vietnam during a press conference.[424]
  • November 14 - The State Department confirms contact between the US and Soviet Union on the subject of possible harassment actions being launched by communists in West Berlin.[425]
  • November 15 - Johnson states during a press conference that any foreign policy decisions will be made by him until the inauguration of the president-elect.[426]
  • November 16 - Secretary of State Rusk arrives in Madrid during the night hours for discussion about joint US-Spanish military bases within Spain.[427]
  • November 19 - President Johnson delivers an address to White House secretaries in the Fish Room of the White House during the afternoon.[428] President Johnson attends the Annual Equal Opportunity Awards Dinner of the National Urban League in the ballroom of the New York Hilton Hotel in New York City during the evening.[429]
  • November 20 - President Johnson meets with Vice President-elect Spiro Agnew for a discussion on foreign affairs and the vice presidency.[430]
  • November 21 - President Johnson meets with the National Water Commission in the Cabinet Room during the morning.[431]
  • November 22 - President Johnson joins members of the Kennedy family in observing the fifth anniversary of the assassination of the late President John F. Kennedy at the latter's grave in Arlington National Cemetery.[432] North Korea request the US to being Paris peace talks after Saigon ends the ongoing boycott against negotiations.[433]
  • November 24 - Defense Secretary Clifford states the US potentially could resume bombing of North Korea should communists decline good faith negotiations.[434]
  • November 25 - During the night hours, US officials make the announcement that South Vietnam's government has contacted the US and stated its readiness to participate in the Paris peace talks.[435]
  • November 26 - President Johnson releases a statement responding to the Republic of Vietnam choosing to participate in the Paris peace talks, saying that their decision "opens a new and hopeful phase in the negotiations" and struggles should be expected within the negotiations.[436]
  • November 28 - North Vietnam alleges the shooting down of eight US planes by North Vietnam since the north bombing halt by President Johnson three weeks prior.[437]

December

  • December 1 - Secretary of State Rusk portrays Russia as having responsibility in the end of the Vietnam War, citing that bombing has ceased in North Korea and saying the Soviet Union must do everything in its power to ensure the progression toward peace in southeast Asia.[438]
  • December 2 - President-elect Nixon says that under the direction of Henry Kissinger, the White House security planning machinery will be entirety changed.[439]
  • December 4 - President Johnson delivers a speech to the Business Council at the Mayflower Hotel during the evening.[440]
  • December 12 - President Johnson meets with President-elect Nixon at the White House and assures the latter that he will be available at any time to brief members of the upcoming cabinet on the operations of their departments.[441] President Johnson gives an informal speech in the White House East Room, saying the things Americans want the most are "peace in the world, jobs, food, and a house."[442]
  • December 14 - President Johnson asserts the US must provide low cost housing for the impoverished for the solution of major social problems during a ceremony commemorating the federal financed low-cost housing project in Austin, Texas.[443]
  • December 15 - Secretary of Defense Clifford calls on South Vietnam to cease complaints over seating arrangements and decide with North Vietnam to discuss actual problems in Paris.[444]
  • December 16 - President Johnson makes a public prayer for "peace and reconciliation" amid his lighting of the national community Christmas tree.[445]
  • December 17 - President Johnson accepts the Postal Service's Honor Award in the Departmental Auditorium in Washington during the morning.[446] President Johnson attends a reception in his honor at the Federal City Club at the Sheraton-Carlton Hotel in Washington during the evening.[447]
  • December 19 - President Johnson releases a statement on the death of Norman Thomas mourning that his passing marks the loss of one of the United States' "most eloquent speakers" and lauding Thomas for his speaking and writing skills.[448]
  • December 20 - President Johnson releases a statement responding to the ineffectiveness of the Taft-Hartley Act to settle the dispute between the International Longshoremen's Association and other shipping associations.[449]
  • December 21Apollo 8 is launched.
  • December 22 - President Johnson returns to the White House from his hospitalization. Secretary of State Rusk speaks on a nationwide television broadcast, officially confirming the 32 survivors of the Pueblo.[450]
  • December 29 - Walter Rostow says President Johnson considers the Israeli Beirut airport raid "serious and unwise".[451]
  • December 30 - The White House states the avoiding of participation in the unseating of John W. McCormick by President Johnson.[452]
  • December 31 - The State Department discloses there has been contact between the US and Soviet Union on easing tensions in the Middle East.[453]Secretary of Health, Education, and Welfare Wilbur J. Cohen says he will not increase the $4 a month premium aiding in paying the bills of doctors.[454]

1969

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