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Lyndon Johnson crushes Republican presidential nominee Barry Goldwater with the most overwhelming popular vote in American history, more than 61 percent.

A presidental commission headed by the Supreme Court Chief Justice Earl Warren concludes that Lee Harvey Oswald acted alone in the assassination of President Kennedy.

Three civil rights workers are murdered in Mississippi.

Congress enacts the civil rights legislation.

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. wins the Nobel Peace Prize.

In February the 24th Amendment to the Constitution makes the poll tax unconstitutional.

In July President Johnson signs the Medicare bill and the Great Society is under way.

In August Congress approves the Tonkin Gulf Resolution authorizing President Johnson aggression.""to take all necessary means to repel any armed attack against forces of the United States and to prevent further aggression."

In December President Johnson announces substantial increase in aid to South Vietnam "to restrain the mounting infiltration of men and equipment from the Hanoi regime in support of the Vietcong.

Dr. Luther L. Terry, the Surgeon General, releases a report linking cigarette smoking to lung cancer and other diseases.

Jimmy Hoffa is sentenced to 8 years for jury tampering.

Soviet Union begins using spy satellites.

Jack Ruby sentenced to death for Oswald murder.