Daily Archives: August 7, 2014

Congress gives President Johnson broad powers to wage war in North Vietnam 50 years ago today (Aug 7 1964)

Video: 'Vietnam: A Television History - LBJ Goes to War [3/11]' (Aug. 7, 1964, at 16:08)

(Friday, August 7, 1964; during the Vietnam War, part of the Indochina Wars and the Cold War) — The House of Representatives and the Senate approved today the Gulf of Tonkin Resolution, giving President Lyndon B. Johnson broad powers in dealing with reported North Vietnamese attacks on U.S. forces click here watch a clip from ‘The Presidents: LBJ’ at 1:38:48).