President Lyndon Johnson of the U.S. and Mexican President Gustavo Diaz Ordaz, Saturday (28 October)?
President Lyndon Johnson of the U.S. and Mexican President Gustavo Diaz Ordaz, Saturday (28 October) signed a joint proclamation in Juarez, Mexico ending the El Chamizal boundary dispute between their two countries. The El Chamizal (The Thicket) dispute involved a lamb-chop-shaped piece of land that a flood in 1864 put in U.S. territory by changing the course of the Rio Grande, the river separating Mexico from the U.S.A. The United States has traditionally regarded everything North of the Rio Grande as in its territory. But under the Chamizal Treaty, Mexico will receive a net total of 437 acres of land North of the River.
The signing ceremonies took place to commemorate the treaty. Sitting at two identical desks, the two presidents signed the final treaty papers. Each made a brief speech. They then drove to the Bridge of the Americas, a new border crossing where their wives, Mrs. Johnson and Mrs. Ordaz, cut a ribbon opening the bridge.