- The Civil Rights Act of 1964
- Lyndon B. Johnson Elected 36th President in Landslide
- The year it all came apart
- 'The Last Innocent Year: America in 1964: The Beginning of the Sixties’
Civil Right Movement
- To enforce the constitutional right to vote, to confer jurisdiction upon the district courts of the United States, to provide injunctive relief against discrimination in public accommodations, to authorize the attorney General to institute suits to protect constitutional rights in public facilities and public education, to extend the Commission on Civil Rights, to prevent discrimination in federally assisted programs, to establish a Commission on Equal Employment Opportunity, and for other purposes. Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled, That this Act may be cited as the "Civil Rights Act of 1964".
Lydon B. Johnson Elected President by landslide
- President Johnson was nominated for re-election by acclamation at the Democratic convention in Atlantic City. Senator Goldwater ran for the republican nomination, He was opposed by Nelson Rockefeller, but was nominated on the first ballot.
- The election of 1964 was the first election since 1932 that was fought over true issues, and which brought ideology into Americans politics. President Johnson won by a landslide.
Tonkin Gulf Incident
- "Last night I announced to the American people that the North Vietnamese regime had conducted further deliberate attacks against U.S. naval vessels operating in international waters, and I had therefore directed air action against gunboats and supporting facilities used in these hostile operations. This air action has now been carried out with substantial damage to the boats and facilities. Two U.S. aircraft were lost in the action."-Lyndon Johnson
The Year it Came Apart
- "The Last Innocent Year: America in 1964: The Beginning of the 'Sixties'" opens, appropriately enough, in the hours after John F. Kennedy was slain in November 1963.
- The cracks in the consensus spread and multiplied. As Congress debated the Civil Rights Act, the bodies of three murdered civil rights leaders were being unearthed in Mississippi.
- Without much fanfare, Congress approved a measure known as the Gulf of Tonkin Resolution, granting the President authority to conduct an undeclared war in a place called Vietnam.
- 24th Amendment to Constitution adopted, ensuring fair voting practices.
- Race riots break out in Harlem and other U.S. cities.
- President Johnson declares "war on poverty," introduces a variety of federal welfare programs, including Medicare (initially proposed by JFK in 1960).
- Three civil rights workers murdered in Mississippi during "Freedom Summer."
- Teamsters leader Jimmy Hoffa convicted of fraud, conspiracy and jury tampering.
- Space probe Mariner IV flies by Mars transmitting pictures of the planet's surface back to earth.
- The Verrazano Narrows Bridge in NYC opens (world's longest suspension bridge).