April 27, 1970


This almanac page for Monday, April 27, 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 28, 1970

Schedule and Public Documents

  • The Daily Diary files represent a consolidated record of the President's activities. Visit the finding aid to learn more.

    The President's day began at The White House - Washington, D. C.

  • The Weekly Compilation of Presidential Documents made available transcripts of the President's news conferences; messages to Congress; public speeches, remarks, and statements; and other Presidential materials released by the White House.

    Appointments and Nominations

    Congress, Communications to

    • Lowering the Voting Age (6 Weekly Comp. Pres. Doc. 588, April 27, 1970)
      The President's Letter to the Speaker, the Majority Leader, the Minority Leader of the House of Representatives, Supporting a Constitutional Amendment To Lower the Voting Age to 18.

    Letters, Memorandums, Etc.

    • National Invest-in-America Week (6 Weekly Comp. Pres. Doc. 591, April 27, 1970)
      The President's Message Concerning the Observance of the Week of April 26 to May 2.

    Acts Approved by the President

    Digest of Other White House Announcements

    Following is a listing of items of general interest which were announced in the press but not made public as formal White House press releases during the period covered by this issue. Appointments requiring Senate approval are not included since they appear in the list of nominations submitted to the Senate, below.

    • Robert B. Gomulinski, National Commander of AMVETS, presented his organization's Gold Helmet Award to the President.
    • The Council of Economic Advisers met with the President at the White House. Also in attendance at the meeting were: Milton Friedman of the University of Chicago; George Katona of the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor; James O'Leary, vice president, United States Trust Company, New York City; Pierre Rinfret of the First Boston Corporation, New York City; and Lloyd Ulman of the University of California at Berkeley.
  • Each Public Papers of the Presidents volume contains the papers and speeches of the President of the United States that were issued by the White House Office of the Press Secretary during the time period specified by the volume. The material is presented in chronological order, and the dates shown in the headings are the dates of the documents or events. In instances when the release date differs from the date of the document itself, that fact is shown in the text note.

    To ensure accuracy, remarks have been checked against audio recordings (when available) and signed documents have been checked against the original, unless otherwise noted. Editors have provided text notes and cross references for purposes of identification or clarity.

  • The Federal Register is the official daily publication for rules, proposed rules, and notices of federal agencies and organizations, as well as executive orders and other Presidential documents.

    No Federal Register published on this date

  • The Congressional Record is the official daily record of the debates and proceedings of the U.S. Congress.

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.

  • 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

    • 261. Notes of a Meeting , Washington, April 27, 1970

      Source: National Archives, Nixon Presidential Materials, White House Special Files, Staff Members Office Files, E.R. Haldeman, Haldeman Notes, April–June 1970. No classification marking. Kissinger recounts this meeting in White House Years, pp. 500–501 and Nixon in RN: The Memoirs of Richard Nixon, p. 450. These notes are reprinted in slightly less cryptic form in H.R. Haldeman, The Haldeman Diaries, pp. 155–156, where 11 to 11:53 a.m. is given as the time. The President’s Daily Diary gives the time of the meeting as 10:45 to 11:49 a.m. (National Archives, Nixon Presidential Materials, White House Central Files)

    • 262. Minutes of Washington Special Actions Group Meeting , Washington, April 27, 1970, 10:10 a.m.

      Source: National Archives, Nixon Presidential Materials, NSC Files, NSC Institutional Files (H-Files), Box H–114, WSAG Minutes, Originals, 1969–1970. Secret; Sensitive. The meeting was held in the White House Situation Room.

    • 263. Memorandum From Secretary of Defense Laird to President Nixon, Washington, April 27, 1970

      Source: National Archives, Nixon Presidential Materials, NSC Files, Box 145, Vietnam Country Files, Vietnam, April 1, 1970. Top Secret; Sensitive; Eyes Only. On April 27 at 10:25 a.m., Laird telephoned Kissinger to complain about the WSAG being the implementing agency for NSDM 57. Kissinger suggested “coordinating” was a better word. Laird also told Kissinger that “regardless of what Wheeler tells you casualties will run at least as high as the iron triangle.” Laird did not want the President to blame him when they reached 800. Kissinger stated that the President said this was the price he would have to pay and he felt “we are on a slow bleeding course now.” At 1 p.m. on April 24, Kissinger called Laird to tell him the operations were being delayed for 24 hours. Laird admitted that he was not prepared for the meeting with the President on April 27 (see Document 261) and was surprised that the President was authorizing an attack against COSVN and the Parrot’s Beak as well as base 704. Kissinger replied, “I am getting restive that people are implying the President isn’t getting all the information.” (Transcript of telephone conversation between Kissinger and Laird, April 24; Library of Congress, Manuscript Division, Kissinger Papers, Box 363, Telephone Conversations, Chronological File)

    Vol. XII, Soviet Union, January 1969-October 1970

    Expansion of the Kissinger-Dobrynin Channel and Further Discussions on the Middle East, December 11, 1969-July 28, 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-3422 Photographer: Atkins, Oliver | Color or B&W: B&W

    • Frame(s): WHPO-3422-01-05, President Nixon in the Oval Office receiving the AMVETS Gold Helmet Award from Robert E. Hall, Director and Robert B. Gomulinski, National Commander. 4/27/1970, Washington, D.C. White House, Oval Office. President Nixon, Donald Johnson, Admin., Veterans Administration. Ralph E. Hall, National Director, AMVETS. Robert B. Gomulinski, Nat!. Commander of AMVETS. Dominick L. Strada, President of AMVETS National Service Organization. Anthony J. Caserta, Past Natl. Commander. Alexander P. Butterfield, Deputy Assistant. Members of the Press.

    Roll WHPO-3423 Photographer: Atkins, Oliver | Color or B&W: B&W

    • Frame(s): WHPO-3423-01A-03A, President Nixon meeting with Senator Ted Stevens. 4/27/1970, Washington, D.C. White House, Oval Office. President Nixon, Senator Stevens.
    • Frame(s): WHPO-3423-06A-09A, President Nixon meeting with Richard Cook, White House Congressional Relations Office, James Gavin, President, Congressional Secretaries Club and Mr. Donald Zahn, Vice-president, Congressional Secretaries Club. 4/27/1970, Washington, D.C. White House, Oval Office. President Nixon, Mr. Cook, Mr. Gavin, Mr. Zahn.
    • Frame(s): WHPO-3423-10A-18A, President Nixon meeting with Congressman Harley Staggers. 4/27/1970, Washington, D.C. White House, Oval Office. President Nixon, Mr. Staggers.
    • Frame(s): WHPO-3423-21A-33A, President Nixon meeting with Senator Howard Baker. 4/27/1970, Washington, D.C. White House, Oval Office. President Nixon, Senator Baker.

    Roll WHPO-3424 Photographer: Schumacher, Karl | Color or B&W: B&W

    • Frame(s): WHPO-3424-01-08, Senator Ted Stevens with group from Alaska. 4/27/1970, Washington, D.C. White House, North Portico. Senator Stevens, Martha Anagick, John Anagick, Carol Lockwood, Reginald Lockwood, Hazel Sagoonick, Joanne Katchatag, Ramona Eben, James Kotongan, Keith Kermit, Marjorie Boyd, Scott Henderson, Dan Lance, Doug Gray.

    Roll WHPO-3425 Photographer: Schumacher, Karl | Color or B&W: B&W

    • Frame(s): WHPO-3425-01-33, Executive office Building Mail Room. 4/27/1970, Washington, D.C. Executive Office Building, Mail Room. unknown.

    Roll WHPO-3426 Photographer: Knudsen, Robert L. | Color or B&W: Color

    • Frame(s): WHPO-3426-02-05, President Nixon receiving AMVETS Gold Helmet Award from Director Ralph E. Hall and National Commander Robert B. Gomulinski. 4/27/1970, Washington, D.C. White House, Oval Office. President Nixon, Mr. Hall, Mr. Gomulinski.
  • 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.

    H - White House Staff Member Recordings

    • WHCA-SR-H-165
      Background briefing by Leonard Garment and John Dean regarding the Voting Rights Act. (4/27/1970, Press Center, White House)

      Runtime: 16:00

      Keywords: Vote, voters, voting, elections, Briefings, public briefings, statements to the press (see also Press conferences, news conferences, interviews, media)

      Production credits: Audio feed supplied by WHCA; Recorded by RRS (Bob Schroder, WHCA engineer)

      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-3695
      Weekly News Summary.
      All networks
      Runtime: 00:31:09

      3. President Nixon with various guests. Time Code Start: 06:08. Keywords: Presidents, guests, dignitaries, celebrities. Network: CBS.

Context (External Sources)