July 7, 1967. Lady Bird records a trip to Lockhart, Texas (self-proclaimed BBQ capital of the world) in her diary:
"The whole visit to Lockhart filled me with pride, that this little Texas town of of six thousand population had the spark and the get-up-and-get to make the most of its Court House square. The focal point of the square is the old white limestone Victorian-style Court House, described by Mr. Zisman, the restoration architect, as ‘a structure ugly enough to be beautiful.’ There must be at least one hundred Court Houses in Texas of this vintage, built in the 1890s—unbelievable accumulations of turrets, towers, domes, gingerbread, columns, and carvings."
Lady Bird Johnson, A White House Diary, New York: Dell Books, 1971, pg 597. Photo via Wikimedia Commons.
July 6, 1967. Dan Rather and his family visit the Johnsons at the LBJ Ranch.
LBJ Presidential Library photo #C5960-18, public domain.
Apologies for the stalling out of the LBJ Time Machine lately. We have been working hard since the end of the government shutdown on digitizing video, photos, documents and audio recordings for our new web site, "Nov. 22: Tragedy and Transition," in honor of the 50th anniversary of the assassination of President Kennedy. Take a look and tell us what you think. We will also be sharing some of the items via Twitter over the next coming weeks, if you want to follow us there.
The Time Machine will creak back in to motion again on Dec. 1, as we head into the all-too-eventful summer of 1967. Look for more LBJ, beagles, hippies, Black Panthers, and Texas on your dashboard then.
-your friends at the LBJ Library
July 29, 1967. During the first meeting of the Kerner Commission, President Johnson signs Executive Order 11365 “Establishing a National Advisory Commission on Civil Disorders.”
Foreground L-R: Roy Wilkins, Governor Otto Kerner, and President Johnson. LBJ Presidential Library photo A4526-16; image is in the public domain.
July 28, 1967. Rostow sends this memo to President Johnson regarding growing violence in China related to the Cultural Revolution. In a memo that Rostow received from Alfred Jenkins on July 21st, Jenkins reported:
“The pace of social disintegration in China at present is even greater than it was in January and February. Evidence from many sources gives a picture of turbulence and confusion, in varying degree, but in each of the 26 provinces of China!”
—Memo, Jenkins to Rostow, 7/21/67, #49, “CHICOM - Cultural Revolution, July - December 1967,” Files of Alfred Jenkins, National Security File, Box 2, LBJ Presidential Library.
—-Memo, Rostow to LBJ, 7/28/67, #47, “CHICOM - Cultural Revolution, July - December 1967, Files of Alfred Jenkins, National Security File, Box 2, LBJ Presidential Library.
July 18, 1967. The process of withdrawal of the U.S. military aircraft begins. This cable shows that the first plane will be removed around July 24th. The last plane will leave the Congo in December 1967.
Cable, Deptel 9667, 7/19/67, #142, “Congo, Volume 13,” Country File, NSF, Box 86, LBJ Presidential Library.
July 12, 1967. The mercenaries withdraw from Kisangani. This report provides additional information concerning the ongoing situation in the Congo.
Report, Congo Situation Report, 7/12/67, #199c, “Congo, Volume 13,” Country File, NSF, Box 86, LBJ Presidential Library.
Hostilities have broken out between the Nigerian Government and the East. — Cable, Rostow to LBJ, 7/7/67, #89, “Nigeria, Volume 1,” Country File, NSF, Box 96, LBJ Presidential Library.
July 5, 1967. In a memo to Walt Rostow, William Bowdler provides an update on the situation in Bolivia. The U.S. Department of Defense “is helping train and equip a new Ranger Battalion.” This battalion will help the Bolivian government with the counterinsurgency effort.
Photo taken near La Paz, Bolivia. Photo by hhesterr via flickr.