• On this day in 1965, President Johnson sent a telegram to James Webb, Administrator, NASA, following the meeting in space of Gemini 6 and 7.

    ’I want to congratulate the astronauts and the thousands of scientists, technicians, and administrators for the success of today’s rendezvous. You have all moved us one step higher on the stairway to the moon. By conducting this adventure for all the world to see, you have reaffirmed our faith in a free and open society. We invite those throughout the world who have shared our suspense and suffered with us during our temporary failures to share with us this triumph, for it belongs not just to the United States but to all mankind. Our efforts in space will take us not only to the moon but, by increasing our knowledge of technology and the world around us, to a better life for all.’

  • On this day in 1967, President Johnson signed an act that extended the civil rights commission for five years. This was the only civil rights legislation passed during 1967.