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November 13th, 1961

On this day in 1961, Vice President Johnson hosted a dinner party honoring Mr. and Mrs. Philip Graham, publisher of the Washington Post.

November 13th, 1964

On this day in 1964, President Johnson issued Proclamation 3628: Wright Brothers Day, 1964.

WHEREAS Orville and Wilbur Wright made the first successful flights in a powered aircraft on December 17, 1903, near Kitty Hawk, North Carolina; and

WHEREAS these historic flights-and those that followed-have promoted universal understanding by bringing people closer together; and

WHEREAS the Wright brothers provided the initial spark that has made the United States of America the world leader in civilian and military aviation; and

WHEREAS the Congress, by a joint resolution approved December 17, 1963 (77 Stat. 402), designated the seventeenth day of December of each year as Wright Brothers Day and requested the President to issue annually a proclamation inviting the people of the United States to observe that day with appropriate ceremonies and activities:

NOW, THEREFORE, I, LYNDON B. JOHNSON, President of the United States of America, do hereby call upon the people of this Nation, and their local and national government officials, to observe Wright Brothers Day, December 17, 1964, with appropriate ceremonies and activities, both to recall the accomplishments of the Wright brothers and to provide a stimulus to aviation in this country and throughout the world.