Timeline of the Lyndon B. Johnson presidency

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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.




  • January 1 – The White House announces that President Johnson has ordered an inquiry by the government into increases in selective steel prices.[1]
  • January 3 – President Johnson attends church services and visits the grave of the late President John F. Kennedy.[2]
  • January 4 – President Johnson delivers the 1965 State of the Union Address to a joint session of Congress, launching the Great Society program and saying additional ideas will be sent to Congress within six weeks.[3]
  • January 20 – Johnson is sworn into his full term as President of the United States by Supreme Court Chief Justice Earl Warren.
  • July 30Social Security Amendments of 1965


  • 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.[4]
  • 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.[5]
  • January 7 – President Johnson issues a statement on the members of the Advisory Council on Insured Loans to Students.[6]
  • January 7 – President Johnson issues Proclamation 3696, a termination of increased duty on clinical thermometers imports.[7]
  • January 10 – President Johnson releases a statement mourning the death of Prime Minister of India Lal Bahadur Shastri.[8]
  • January 10 – In a statement, President Johnson announces the appointment of James L. Goddard for Commissioner of the Food and Drug Administration.[9]
  • January 11 – President Johnson issues Executive Order 11265, amending a prior executive order to establish the National Defense Service Medal.[10]
  • January 12 – President Johnson delivers the 1966 State of the Union Address to a joint session of Congress.[11]
  • 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.[12]
  • October 15Black Panther Party is established.
  • November 1 – President Johnson attends the dedication of Johnson Hill in Korea.[13]
  • 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.[14]
  • 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.[15]
  • 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.[16]
  • 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."[17]
  • 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.[18]
  • November 3 – The White House announces President Johnson will undergo throat cancer within the following fifteen days.[19]
  • 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.[20]
  • 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.[21]
  • 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.[22]
  • 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.[23]




  • January 14 – President Johnson delivers the 1969 State of the Union Address to a joint session of Congress.[citation needed]
  • January 20 – President Johnson finishes his time in office and departs the White House with the First Lady Lady Bird Johnson. His successor, Richard Nixon, was inaugurated as the 37th President of the United States, at noon EST. Lyndon B. Johnson began his post-presidency.[citation needed]


  1. ^ "Johnson Orders Steel Probe". Chicago Tribune. January 2, 1965.
  2. ^ "Johnson Ends Work on Talk to Congress". Chicago Tribune. January 4, 1965.
  3. ^ "The President's Program: Urges Soviet Leaders to Visit U.S." Chicago Tribune. January 5, 1965.
  4. ^ 2 - The President's Telegram Greeting Carl Sandburg on His 88th Birthday. (January 6, 1966)
  5. ^ 1 - The President's Telegram to Admiral Nimitz on Hearing of His Illness. (January 6, 1966)
  6. ^ 3 - Statement by the President Upon Announcing the Appointment of Members of the Advisory Council on Insured Loans to Students. (January 7, 1966)
  7. ^ Proclamation 3696—Termination of Increased Duty on Imports of Clinical Thermometers (January 7, 1966)
  8. ^ 5 - Statement by the President on the Death of Prime Minister Shastri of India. (January 10, 1966)
  9. ^ 4 - Statement by the President Upon Announcing the Appointment of Dr. James L. Goddard as Commissioner of Food and Drugs. (January 10, 1966)
  10. ^ Executive Order 11265—Amending Executive Order No. 10448, Establishing the National Defense Service Medal (January 11, 1966)
  11. ^ 6 - Annual Message to the Congress on the State of the Union. (January 12, 1966)
  12. ^ 8 - The President's News Conference (January 13, 1966)
  13. ^ 564 - Remarks at the Dedication of Johnson Hill, Tae-an Myun Agriculture Demonstration Center, Suwon, Korea. (November 1, 1966)
  14. ^ 567 - Remarks Upon Arrival at Elmendorf Air Force Base, Anchorage. Alaska. (November 1, 1966)
  15. ^ 563 - Remarks to American and Korean Servicemen at Camp Stanley, Korea. (November 1, 1966)
  16. ^ 570 - Remarks at Dulles International Airport Upon Returning From the Asian-Pacific Trip. (November 2, 1966)
  17. ^ 569 - Remarks in Anchorage Upon Signing the Fish Protein Concentrate Act. (November 2, 1966)
  18. ^ 565 - Remarks Before the Korean National Assembly, Seoul, Korea. (November 2, 1966)
  19. ^ LBJ schedules operation, NW trip is over (November 3, 1966)
  20. ^ President signs school aid bill (November 3, 1966)
  21. ^ U.S. warships fire at N. Viet shore batteries (November 3, 1966)
  22. ^ 632 - Letter in Response to a Report on the Federally Assisted Summer School Programs for Disadvantaged Children. (November 30, 1966)
  23. ^ 633 - Statement by the President on Announcing a Reorganization of the Bureau of Prisons. (November 30, 1966)

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