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May 26th, 1966

On this day in 1966, President Johnson delivered a speech commemorating the 3rd anniversary of the Organization of African Unity, outlining the administration’s African policy and establishing a task force to review U.S. development policies and programs in Africa.

May 26th, 1966

On this day in 1964, President Johnson signed the International Development Association Bill. LBJ remarked,

“This action is one more milestone in our efforts to enlist the cooperation of free world countries in the common task of helping less fortunate nations to help themselves. It is also another milestone in our historic commitment to help other people lift from their weary shoulders the burdens of poverty and disease, illiteracy and hunger. We can no more accept a world in which we are surrounded by poverty than we can accept poverty within our own borders. This is international sharing at its best, and a victory for the American people, for an effective foreign policy, and for common sense in our international relationships.”

May 26th, 1968

On this day in 1968, Australian Prime Minister John Gorton made an official visit to Washington, D.C., and Texas.

In his welcome to the Prime Minister, LBJ stated,

“Our peoples have been molded by the same forces. Both of our continents are vast. Both of our histories are young. Both of our governments are free. All of our people were drawn from many lands. We both enjoy an abundance which, for most of the world, is yet just a dream.

“We share a common vision. We see a world where might does not make right. We strive for a world where nations can live together in peace and freedom under the rule of law.”