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Aug. 10, 1964: President Lyndon B. Johnson speaks as leaders of Congress stand by his desk for a ceremonial signing of the Congressional resolution, also known as the Gulf of Tonkin Resolution.  (AP Photo/John Rous, File)
Aug. 10, 1964: President Lyndon B. Johnson speaks as leaders of Congress stand by his desk for a ceremonial signing of the Congressional resolution, also known as the Gulf of Tonkin Resolution. (AP Photo/John Rous, File)
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50 years later, fateful Vietnam resolution still resonates

NEW YORK (AP) -- A dubious threat to U.S. interests. A swift vote in Congress for broad presidential war powers in response. A long, costly and bitterly debated war.

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President Lyndon Baines Johnson signs the Civil Rights Act on July 2, 1964. The law made it illegal to discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, or national origin, and barred unequal application of voter registration requirements. (AP Photo, File)
President Lyndon Baines Johnson signs the Civil Rights Act on July 2, 1964. The law made it illegal to discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, or national origin, and barred unequal application of voter registration requirements. (AP Photo, File)
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5 things to know about the 1964 Civil Rights Act

WASHINGTON (AP) -- On July 2, 1964, President Lyndon B. Johnson signed into law the Civil Rights Act of 1964, one of the most significant civil rights achievements in U.S. history. This new law made it illegal to discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, or national origin; It ended school, work and public facility discrimination, and barred unequal application of voter registration requirements.

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Then-U.S. Attorney General Nicholas Katzenbach in 1963, on right, at University of Alabama integration (Buyenlarge, Getty Images)
Then-U.S. Attorney General Nicholas Katzenbach in 1963, on right, at University of Alabama integration (Buyenlarge, Getty Images)
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Former Presidential Aide Nicholas Katzenbach Dies

Nicholas Katzenbach, who held influential posts in the Kennedy and Johnson administrations and played a prominent role in federal desegregation efforts in the South, has died. He was 90.

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