Washington, D.C. (JFK+50) President Lyndon Baines Johnson, who assumed the high office upon the death of John F. Kennedy on November 22, 1963, was elected in his own right 50 years ago today, November 3, 1964.
The Texas Democrat won in a landslide over his Republican opponent, Senator Barry Goldwater of Arizona.
President Lyndon B. Johnson
The final electoral vote tally was 486 to 52.
Goldwater, who was known as Mr. Conservative, had alienated many, if not most, moderates in his party by voting against the Civil Rights Act of 1964. BG did win 5 states in the Deep South and was the first Republican candidate to carry Georgia in a presidential election.
LBJ was the first Democrat to win Alaska and the first since Woodrow Wilson to carry Maine. Also, in 1964, Vermont voted Democratic for the 1st time since the party was founded.
LBJ carried 44 states and the District of Columbia. The final popular vote total was 43 million to 27 million. The President won 61.1% of the popular vote and won Tennessee with 55.5% of the vote.
LBJ, who was to be inaugurated for his 1st full term on January 20, 1965, selected Hubert H. Humphrey of Minnesota as his Vice-Presidential running mate. Goldwater had chosen William E. Miller for his.
Baikonur Cosmodrome, Kazakhstan (JFK+50) The USSR launched into orbit 57 years ago today, November 3, 1957, the first animal to go into space, a 3 year old female dog named Laika.
Sputnik II was successfully launched from the world's first and largest space center, Baikonur Cosmodrome, in Kazakhstan.
The Soviets believed the mission would pave the way for human spaceflight by providing scientists with important data on how animals respond to the space environment.
Laika was not expected to survive the flight, but her death came hours after launch due to a malfunction in the cooling system which caused the on board temperature to rise to 104 degrees.