Selected Interactive Daily Diary
President Johnson’s secretaries began compiling the Daily Diary in 1959, when he was the Senate Majority Leader. As meetings and telephone calls occurred, the secretary “working” the Diary would note them. In the White House, staff who worked closely with the President frequently entered the Oval Office without being noted in the Diary. The secretaries often added information to the Diary from invitation lists and agenda prepared before meetings. Thus, an invitee who did not attend a meeting was sometimes recorded in the Diary as present.
The Daily Diary is a multi-media presentation of several days in the life of the President. The rich content consists of selected primary sources from the archives of the LBJ Library.
- November 22, 1963: John F. Kennedy's Assassination and the Swearing in of Lyndon B. Johnson
- August 4, 1964: Gulf of Tonkin, Missing Civil Rights Workers, Poverty Bill
- November 3, 1964: Election Day
- April 11, 1965: The Signing of the Education Bill
- July 30, 1965: Medicare
- June 5-10, 1967: Six-Day War
- June 23, 1967: Glassboro Conference
- July 24, 1967: Detroit Riots
Graduate students from the University of Texas at Austin School of Information worked with the LBJ Library Education Department, in consultation with the archives, to create this exhibit. The team selected individual dates from the Daily Diary. To see the digitized Daily Diary collection in its entirety, click here.
Did You Know…
The idea for a national health care program originated with President Harry Truman. In his 1948 State of the Nation address, he said, "This great Nation cannot afford to allow its citizens to suffer needlessly from the lack of proper medical care. Our ultimate aim must be a comprehensive insurance system to protect all our people equally against insecurity and ill health." LBJ signed Medicare into law with Truman, age 81, at his side.