On this day: July 11

Published On: Jul 09 2012 11:33:52 AM EDT   Updated On: Jul 11 2015 02:00:00 AM EDT

A vice president duels for honor, the Marine Corps is re-established, a folk singer debuts, a space station plummets to Earth, and Martin Luther King earns a posthumous honor, all on this day.

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2007: Lady Bird Johnson, who was first lady from 1963 to 1969 as the wife of President Lyndon B. Johnson, dies at age 94 in West Lake Hills, Texas. She was a lifelong advocate for beautifying the nation's cities and highways and the Highway Beautification Act was informally known as Lady Bird's Bill. She also received the Presidential Medal of Freedom and the Congressional Gold Medal, the highest U.S. civilian honors.


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