Aug. 27, 1908: Lyndon Baines Johnson was born.

He was the 36th president, serving between 1963 and 1969. LBJ took over after President Kennedy was assassinated in 1963; he was elected in his own right by a landslide the next year. Johnson's years were momentous: He passed the Civil Rights Act and Medicare, and began the "War on Poverty" — but also sharply escalated the Vietnam War, which ultimately drove him from office.

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"Being president is like being a jackass in a hailstorm. There's nothing to do but to stand there and take it." -LBJ

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