On this day. 1964: A historic legislative victory for President Lyndon Johnson: Congress approved the Civil Rights Act. The Civil Rights Act — the most sweeping domestic legislation in a century — banned discrimination on the basis of race, religion, or national origin. It also gave the federal government new powers to enforce desegregation.
Quote of the day
"You aren't learning anything when you're talking." -Lyndon B. Johnson
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