Lyndon Baines Johnson Day

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Lyndon Baines Johnson Day
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Lyndon Baines Johnson
Observed by Texas, United States
Type Local
Date August 27
Next time August 27, 2016 (2016-08-27)
Frequency annual

Lyndon Baines Johnson Day is a legal state holiday in Texas. It falls every year on August 27, to mark the birthday of U.S. President Lyndon Baines Johnson.

After Johnson died in 1973, the Texas State Legislature created a legal state holiday to be observed every year on August 27 to honor the 36th president of the United States, one of their state's native sons.[1]

The holiday is optional for state employees and state offices do not close.[2]

Origins[edit]

Main article: Lyndon Baines Johnson

Lyndon Baines Johnson (/ˈlɪndən ˈbnz ˈɒnsən/; August 27, 1908 – January 22, 1973), often referred to as LBJ, was the 36th President of the United States from 1963 to 1969, assuming the office after serving as the 37th Vice President of the United States from 1961 to 1963. Johnson was a Democrat from Texas, who served as a United States Representative from 1937 to 1949 and as a United States Senator from 1949 to 1961. He spent six years as Senate Majority Leader, two as Senate Minority Leader, and two as Senate Majority Whip.

Johnson ran for the Democratic nomination in the 1960 presidential election. Although unsuccessful, he was chosen by Senator John F. Kennedy of Massachusetts to be his running mate. They went on to win the election and Johnson was sworn in as Vice President on January 20, 1961. Two years and ten months later, on November 22, 1963, Johnson succeeded Kennedy as President following the latter's assassination. He ran for a full term in the 1964 election, winning by a landslide over Republican Arizona Senator Barry Goldwater. He is one of four people who have served as President and Vice President, as well as in both houses of Congress. The other three who have served in all four elected offices were John Tyler, Andrew Johnson, and Richard Nixon.

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Lyndon Baines Johnson Day