Jan 4 – A Day for the Bold

January 4th is marked by some bold debuts in politics and architecture.

1965

Lyndon Johnson unveils his Great Society Agenda during State of the Union Address

From the New York Times:

He requested ‘doubling the war against poverty this year’ and called for new emphasis on area redevelopment, further efforts at retraining unskilled workers, an improvement in the unemployment compensation system and an extension of the minimum wage floor to two million workers now unprotected by it. … He called for new, improved or bigger programs in attacking physical and mental disease, urban blight, water and air pollution, and crime and delinquency.

President Johnson had introduced his vision of a “great society” in a May 22, 1964 speech: “The great society rests on abundance and liberty for all. It demands an end to poverty and racial injustice, to which we are totally committed in our time.”

The Great Society legislation included “War on Poverty” programs, many created under the Economic Opportunity Act of 1964, which established jobs and youth volunteer programs as well as Head Start, which provided pre-school education for poor children. Johnson’s social welfare legislation also consisted of the formation of Medicare and Medicaid, which offered health care services for citizens over 65 and low-income citizens, respectively.

In addition, the Great Society included the passage of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, the Voting Rights Act of 1965 and the Voting Rights Act of 1968. The program also addressed a wide range of societal needs, such as funding for the arts, environmental protection and urban development,.

2007

Nancy Pelosi becomes the first woman elected to Speaker of the House of Representatives

2010

Dubai opened the world’s tallest skyscraper, the 2,717-foot gleaming glass-and-metal tower Burj Khalifa

Their New Years 2014 Fireworks Display:

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