ON THIS DAY IN UNITED STATES HISTORY
January 4, 1965
U.S. President Lyndon B. Johnson Proclaims
His "Great Society"
On this day in 1965, United States President Lyndon B. Johnson proclaimed this "Great Society" during his State
of the Union Address. The "Great Society" was a set of social programs intended to eliminate poverty and racial
Many of these programs including Medicare and Medicaid still exist today. Another element of the Great Society was
a tax cut proposed by John F. Kennedy and enacted by Johnson that cut the top marginal tax rate by 20%. The U.S.
Gross National Product rose 10% the first year.