National Geographic : 1966 Jan
"A triumph for freedom as huge as any victory won on any battlefield," the President calls the 1965 Voting Rights Act, which struck down practices denying minorities the vote. His words echo around statues of Lincoln in the Capitol Rotunda. He signed the bill in the Pres ident's Room, where, in 1861, Lincoln freed slaves impressed into the Confederate Army. Strike against Viet Cong: In South Viet Nam, copters land paratroopers seeking out Com munist guerrillas. Mr. Johnson ordered bombing of Red supply bases in North Viet Nam and by late 1965 had increased the U. S. troop total in South Viet Nam to more than 160,000.