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March 30th, 1965

On this day in 1965, President Johnson gave a statement on the bombing of the U.S. Embassy in Saigon.

THE TERRORIST outrage aimed at the American Embassy in Saigon shows us once again what the struggle in Viet-Nam is about. This wanton act of ruthlessness has brought death and serious injury to innocent Vietnamese citizens in the street as well as to American and Vietnamese personnel on duty. I extend my deepest sympathy to the families of all who lost their lives.

In April, the President transmitted a draft bill to Congress authorizing construction of a new chancery in Saigon.

March 30th, 1967

On this day in 1967, President Johnson signed Executive Order 11340, “Effective Date of Department of Transportation Act.” LBJ stated,

“The Executive order signed today, following months of extensive planning, will bring this vital new Department of Government into operation on Saturday, April 1. It will consolidate 35 programs previously dispersed through 7 departments and independent agencies. It will bring together nearly 100,000 employees and annual expenditures of more than $6 billion…”