April 20, 1970


This almanac page for Monday, April 20, 1970, pulls together various records created by the federal government and links to additional resources which can provide context about the events of the day.

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Next Date: Tuesday, April 21, 1970

Schedule and Public Documents

Archival Holdings

  • The H. R. Haldeman Diaries consists of seven handwritten diaries, 36 dictated diaries recorded as sound recordings, and two handwritten audio cassette tape subject logs. The diaries and logs reflect H. R. Haldeman’s candid personal record and reflections on events, issues, and people encountered during his service in the Nixon White House. As administrative assistant to the President and Chief of Staff, Haldeman attended and participated in public events and private meetings covering the entire scope of issues in which the Nixon White House engaged in during the years 1969-1973. Visit the finding aid to learn more.

    • Transcript of diary entry - not yet online
    • Handwritten diary entry - not yet online
  • The National Archives Catalog is the online portal to the records held at the National Archives, and information about those records. It is the main way of describing our holdings and also provides access to electronic records and digitized versions of our holdings. 

    The Catalog searches across multiple National Archives resources at once, including archival descriptions, digitized and electronic records, authority records, and web pages from and the Presidential Libraries. The Catalog also allows users to contribute to digitized historical records through tagging and transcription.

    Nixon Library Holdings

    All National Archives Units

National Security Documents

  • The President's Daily Brief is the primary vehicle for summarizing the day-to-day sensitive intelligence and analysis, as well as late-breaking reports, for the White House on current and future national security issues. Read "The President's Daily Brief: Delivering Intelligence to Nixon and Ford" to learn more.

  • The Foreign Relations of the United States series presents the official documentary historical record of major U.S. foreign policy decisions and significant diplomatic activity. Visit the State Department website for more information.

    Vol. VI, Vietnam, January 1969-July 1970

    Vietnam, January 1969-July 1970

  • The Kissinger telephone conversation transcripts consist of approximately 20,000 pages of transcripts of Kissinger’s telephone conversations during his tenure as Assistant to the President for National Security Affairs (1969-1974) and Secretary of State (1973-1974) during the administration of President Richard Nixon. Visit the finding aid for more information.

    Digitized versions of many of these transcripts can be found on the Yale University Library website.

Audiovisual Holdings

  • The White House Photo Office collection consists of photographic coverage of President Richard Nixon meeting with prominent social, political, and cultural personalities; speaking engagements and news conferences of the President and various high-ranking members of the White House staff and Cabinet; Presidential domestic and foreign travel, including Presidential vacations; social events and entertainment involving the First Family, including entertainers present; official portraits of the President, First Family, and high-ranking members of the Nixon administration; the 1969 and 1973 Inaugurals; the President’s 1972 Presidential election campaign appearances (including speeches) and other official activities of the White House staff and the President’s Cabinet from January 20, 1969 until August 9, 1974 at the White House and the Old Executive Office Building; other locations in Washington, DC, such as The Mall; and the Presidential retreats in Camp David, Maryland, Key Biscayne, Florida, and San Clemente, California. Visit the finding aid to learn more.

    Roll WHPO-3391 Photographer: Schumacher, Karl | Color or B&W: Color

    • Frame(s): WHPO-3391-04A-23A, Tricia Nixon at a 4-H Club Ground Breaking Ceremony. 4/20/1970, Washington, D.C. 4-H Club property. Tricia Nixon.

    Roll WHPO-3392 Photographer: Schumacher, Karl | Color or B&W: B&W

    • Frame(s): WHPO-3392-01-16, Vice President Agnew at a posthumous Medal of Honor ceremony. 4/20/1970, Washington, D.C. White House, East Room. Spiro Agnew.
  • The White House Communications Agency Sound Recordings Collection contains public statements that took place between 1969 and 1974. Visit the finding aid to learn more.

    B - Vice-Presidential (Agnew and Ford)

    • WHCA-SR-B-065
      Posthumous Medal of Honor presentation ceremony with remarks by Vice President Agnew. (4/20/1970, East Room, the White House)

      Runtime: 0:13:30

      Production credits: Audio feed supplied by WHCA; Recorded by FFS (log) or RS (tape) (initials of WHCA engineer)

      Original Format: 1/4-inch reel-to-reel audiotape. Original source type: Original. Technical notes: 58 second seconds of silence at beginning and 2 minutes and 50 seconds of silence at end of recording removed from access copies.

    D - First Family

    • WHCA-SR-D-006
      Tricia Nixon's remarks at the ground-breaking for the National 4H Center, with speakers Clifford Hardin, Jack and Art Linkletter, Dr. Anderson, CA Vines, and Mr. Harder. (4/20/1970, Nation 4H Center)

      Runtime: none listed

      Production credits: Audio feed supplied by Hargrove Displays; Recorded by RRN (initials of WHCA engineer)

      Original Format: 1/4-inch reel-to-reel audiotape. Original source type: Original.

    H - White House Staff Member Recordings

    • WHCA-SR-H-161
      Press briefing by Ronald Ziegler and Henry Kissinger regarding Nixon's televised statement on Vietnam. (4/20/1970, Conference Room, Western White House, San Clemente, California)

      Runtime: 12:00

      Keywords: Press conferences, news conferences, interviews, media, press secretary

      Production credits: Audio feed supplied by WHCA; Recorded by KJM (initials of WHCA engineer)

      Original Format: 1/4-inch reel-to-reel audiotape. Original source type: Original.

    P - Formal Presidential Remarks

    • WHCA-SR-P-700424
      Televised by President Nixon from western White House on Vietnam troop withdrawals. (4/20/1970)

      Runtime: 15:20

      Original Format: 1/4-inch reel-to-reel audiotape. Original source type: Original.
  • The White House Communications Agency Videotape Collection contains “off-the-air” recordings of televised programs produced between 1968 and 1974. Visit the finding aid to learn more.

    • WHCA-3683
      All networks
      Runtime: 01:05:00
    • WHCA-3684
      President Nixon Address to the Nation on Progress Toward Peace in Vietnam. Includes CBS Commentary; NBC Commentary; "Issues and Answers" ABC speech in San Clemente, discussions, "The Flintstones" excerpt at end, TV commercials
      Runtime: 01:04:17
    • WHCA-3685
      Nixon's Vietnam Statement and Commentary.
      NET (National Educational Television, PBS)
      Runtime: 0:30
    • WHCA-3690
      Weekly News Summary.
      All networks
      Runtime: 01:03:51

      4. Report on President Nixon's Vietnam statement. Time Code Start: 08:50. Keywords: Presidents, speeches, Vietnam War. Network: ABC.

Context (External Sources)