History 101 for April 11, 2012

1968: President Lyndon Johnson made it easier for minorities to find a place to live.

The Civil Rights Act of 1968, also known as the Indian Civil Rights Act of 1968, (Pub.L. 90-284, 82 Stat. 73, enacted April 11, 1968) was a landmark piece of legislation in the United States that provided for equal housing opportunities regardless of race, creed, or national origin. The Act was signed into law by President Lyndon B. Johnson, who had previously signed the landmark Civil Rights Act and Voting Rights Act into law.

1986: Kellogg’s of Battle Creek, Michigan, stopped an 80-year tradition of tours of its breakfast-food plant, believing that spies from other companies were taking the tours to steal company secrets.

A Minnesota born folk singer named Robert Zimmerman made his professional debut in New York’s Greenwich Village at a club called “Folk City” on this day in 1961. He was paid about $5 – It was Bob Dylan.