Jan. 4: LBJ's 'Great Society' Speech 1965

VIDEO: State of the Union 1965: President Johnson lays out plan to attack poverty.

1965 Lyndon B. Johnson's 'Great Society' State of the Union

President Johnson laid out his plan to combat poverty in his 1965 State of the Union speech.  LBJ spoke of America's "great society" and unmatched unity of people.  The plan outlined reforms in civil rights, health care, education and the environment.

1987 Amtrak Train Collision

An Amtrak train bound for Boston derailed when it collided with Conrail engines in Maryland.

2007 First Female Speaker of the House

As the 110th United States Congress opened, Democrat Nancy Pelosi was sworn in as Speaker of the House on Jan. 4, 2007.

Famous Birthdays

1809 Louis Braille

1957 Patty Loveless

1960 Michael Stipe

1963 Dave Foley

1973 Harmony Korine

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