Tuesday, August 4th, 1964 was a day of startling news in the White House. President Lyndon B. Johnson planned to work on his legislative program but two crises interrupted his work that day. One concerned reports of a new attack in the Gulf of Tonkin, off the coast of North Vietnam. The second was a call informing him that the bodies of three Mississippi civil rights workers missing since June had been found. Together the two crises would dramatically impact the lives of millions of Americans and Vietnamese.
The First Lady knew what a difficult day it had been for her husband when she called to speak to him by telephone at 8:35 p.m. Listen to their call here.