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Hubert Humphrey

US Vice President Hubert Humphrey

Full Name: Hubert Horatio Humphrey Jr.
Profession: US Vice President

Nationality:
United States of America
American

Why Famous: Hubert Humphrey served as America's 38th Vice President under President Lyndon B. Johnson from 1964-69. He later ran as the Democratic candidate for President in the 1968 election, after Johnson decided not to run again, but lost to Richard Nixon.

A leading progressive in the Democratic party Humphrey was an important legislator during a turbulent period in America's history. First elected to the Senate in 1948, he was instrumental in pushing for the 1963 Limited Nuclear Test Ban Treaty with the Soviet Union. In 1964 he shepherded the Civil Rights Act into law.

Humphrey's support for Johnson and for the Vietnam war was a crucial factor in his defeat when he ran for President in 1968. He then returned to the Senate, serving until his death in 1978.

Born: May 27, 1911
Birthplace: Wallace, South Dakota, USA

Generation: Greatest Generation
Chinese Zodiac: Pig
Star Sign: Gemini

Died: January 13, 1978 (aged 66)
Cause of Death: Bladder cancer

Historical Events

  • 1964-06-19 Civil Rights Act of 1964 passes 73-27
  • 1964-06-29 Civil Rights Act of 1964 passes after an 83-day filibuster in the US Senate
  • 1964-07-02 US President Lyndon B. Johnson signs Civil Rights Act and Voting Rights Act into law
  • 1964-11-03 Lyndon B. Johnson is elected President of the United States in a landslide, with Hubert Humphrey as his vice president, defeating Republican candidate Barry Goldwater
  • 1968-08-21 Democratic Convention opens in Chicago, goes on to nominate Hubert Humphrey
  • 1968-11-05 Republican candidate Richard Nixon is elected President of the United States, defeating Democrat candidate Hubert Humphrey and Independent candidate George Wallace
  • 1978-02-06 Muriel, wife of late Hubert Humphrey (Sen-D-Minn) takes his office

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