Today in history: LBJ's surprising announcement
Four years after a landslide win, the 36th President was on the ropes
LBJ died just five years after his announcement.
LBJ died just five years after his announcement. (Keystone/Getty Images)

March 31, 1968: In a prime time address that stunned the nation, President Johnson said he would not seek re-election. LBJ, overwhelmed by Vietnam, barely won the New Hampshire primary over Eugene McCarthy a few weeks earlier, then saw his arch-rival Robert Kennedy join the race. Had LBJ run and gotten re-elected in 1968, he might have died in office. His fatal heart attack on January 22, 1973 came two days after his term would have ended.

Quote of the Day

“I shall not seek, and I will not accept the nomination of my party for another term as your president." – Lyndon Johnson



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