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Lyndon Baines Johnson Day in United States

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Lyndon Baines Johnson Day is a state holiday in Texas in the United States on August 27 each year. It commemorates the birthday of Lyndon Baines Johnson, who was the 36th president of the USA.

Local names

NameLanguage
Lyndon Baines Johnson DayEnglish
Día de Lyndon Baines JohnsonSpanish
לינדון ג'ונסון ביינס יוםHebrew
ليندون بينز جونسون يومArabic
린든 베인스 존슨 일Korean
Lyndon Baines Johnson DayGerman

Lyndon Baines Johnson Day 2014

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Lyndon Baines Johnson Day 2015

Thursday, August 27, 2015
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Lyndon Baines Johnson Day is an annual state holiday in Texas in the United States on August 27. It celebrates the birthday of Lyndon Baines Johnson, popularly known as “LBJ”, who was the 36th president of the United States.

Lyndon Baines Johnson Day

Lyndon Baines Johnson Day commemorates the life and work of the 36th president of the United States.

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What do people do?

A range of special programs, events, and parties are held Lyndon Baines Johnson Day across Texas and other parts of the United States, such as Washington DC. On this day, many people remember famous speeches, including one about a “Great Society”, and the changes that took place across the nation during Johnson’s presidency.

Public life

Lyndon Baines Johnson Day is a partial staffing holiday in Texas so state government employees are entitled take a day off but state offices remain open with the required staff numbers. State offices are not closed on another day when designated holidays fall on a Saturday or Sunday.  Many public transport schedules do not change on Lyndon Baines Johnson Day in places such as Austin, Dallas, and Houston in Texas. However, those unsure of their schedules may need to contact the public transit centers.

Background

Lyndon Baines Johnson was born on August 27, 1908. He is often known as “LBJ” and was the 36th president of the United States, serving from 1963-1969. In 1963 Johnson took on the role as the nation’s president after president John F Kennedy was assassinated. In an address before Congress Johnson pledged support for Kennedy's legislative agenda that included civil rights and education legislation.

In conjunction with the civil rights movement, Johnson overcame southern resistance and convinced Congress to pass the Civil Rights Act of 1964, which outlawed many forms of racial segregation. Johnson signed it into law on July 2, 1964. In 1965, he achieved passage of a second civil rights bill, the Voting Rights Act to outlaw discrimination in voting and to allow many African Americans in the southern states to vote for the first time. In 1965 the "Great Society" program became the agenda for Congress:

Johnson was also known for escalating the United States’ involvement in the Vietnam War, which was opposed by many Americans.

After leaving the presidency in 1969, Johnson returned to Johnson City, Texas. During his retirement he wrote his memoirs called The Vantage Point, taught students and participated in a series of national symposia on the critical issues of modern America. Johnson died at his ranch on January 22, 1973, and is buried in the family cemetery at the LBJ Ranch near his birthplace. Shortly after his death, the Texas State Legislature created a legal state holiday to be observed every year on August 27 to honor Johnson. The holiday was first celebrated on August 27, 1973.

Symbols

Lyndon Baines Johnson's 100th birthday was celebrated in 2008. The “Can-Do” centennial logo is used to commemorate Lyndon Baines Johnson Day and related events celebrating his 100th birthday. It features the number 100 with Johnson’s signature Resistol hat representing the second zero. The logo's text reads “Lyndon B. Johnson Centennial Celebration - Celebrating His Can-Do Spirit”. This slogan represents the leadership, commitment, and optimism of Johnson and his wife, Claudia, who was known as “Lady Bird” to her friends.

Many places have been named after Lyndon Baines Johnson, including the Lyndon B. Johnson Space Center, the Lyndon Baines Johnson Memorial Grove, the Lyndon B. Johnson State Park and Historic Site, the LBJ School of Public Affairs, the Lyndon B. Johnson National Grassland, and the LBJ Runway at Austin-Bergstrom International Airport. LBJ also has been mentioned in popular culture through music and film.

External Links

Lyndon Baines Johnson Centennial Celebration: Celebrating His Can-Do Spirit

Lyndon Baines Johnson Day Observances

WeekdayDateYearNameHoliday typeWhere it is observed
MonAug 271990Lyndon Baines Johnson DayState holidayTexas
TueAug 271991Lyndon Baines Johnson DayState holidayTexas
ThuAug 271992Lyndon Baines Johnson DayState holidayTexas
FriAug 271993Lyndon Baines Johnson DayState holidayTexas
SatAug 271994Lyndon Baines Johnson DayState holidayTexas
SunAug 271995Lyndon Baines Johnson DayState holidayTexas
TueAug 271996Lyndon Baines Johnson DayState holidayTexas
WedAug 271997Lyndon Baines Johnson DayState holidayTexas
ThuAug 271998Lyndon Baines Johnson DayState holidayTexas
FriAug 271999Lyndon Baines Johnson DayState holidayTexas
SunAug 272000Lyndon Baines Johnson DayState holidayTexas
MonAug 272001Lyndon Baines Johnson DayState holidayTexas
TueAug 272002Lyndon Baines Johnson DayState holidayTexas
WedAug 272003Lyndon Baines Johnson DayState holidayTexas
FriAug 272004Lyndon Baines Johnson DayState holidayTexas
SatAug 272005Lyndon Baines Johnson DayState holidayTexas
SunAug 272006Lyndon Baines Johnson DayState holidayTexas
MonAug 272007Lyndon Baines Johnson DayState holidayTexas
WedAug 272008Lyndon Baines Johnson DayState holidayTexas
ThuAug 272009Lyndon Baines Johnson DayState holidayTexas
FriAug 272010Lyndon Baines Johnson DayState holidayTexas
SatAug 272011Lyndon Baines Johnson DayState holidayTexas
MonAug 272012Lyndon Baines Johnson DayState holidayTexas
TueAug 272013Lyndon Baines Johnson DayState holidayTexas
WedAug 272014Lyndon Baines Johnson DayState holidayTexas
ThuAug 272015Lyndon Baines Johnson DayState holidayTexas
SatAug 272016Lyndon Baines Johnson DayState holidayTexas
SunAug 272017Lyndon Baines Johnson DayState holidayTexas
MonAug 272018Lyndon Baines Johnson DayState holidayTexas
TueAug 272019Lyndon Baines Johnson DayState holidayTexas
ThuAug 272020Lyndon Baines Johnson DayState holidayTexas

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