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October 1st, 1960

On this day in 1960, LBJ was in bed all morning with a cold and about to lose his voice. He took no calls and used hand signals to communicate.

October 1st, 1966

On this day in 1966, President Johnson had a telephone conversation with Willard Wirtz, Secretary of Labor. The men talked about appropriations for poverty bills, possible reshuffling of poverty program, possible backlash against the poverty programs, and the lack of support from governors, except for Nelson Rockefeller.

October 1st, 1968

On this day in 1968, President Johnson gave a statement on the 10th Anniversary of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration.

“In the years ahead—as in the past decade-our foremost motive is to make men wiser and life on earth more meaningful. And on the milestone of this rewarding effort, we renew our dedication to the guiding principle we expressed 10 years ago at NASA’s launching: that our further mastery of space may continue to be ‘for the benefit of all mankind.’”