December 28, 1970


This almanac page for Monday, December 28, 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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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

    • United States Ambassador to Western Samoa (7 Weekly Comp. Pres. Doc. 4, December 28, 1970)
      Announcement of Intention To Nominate Ambassador Kenneth Franzheim II To Serve Concurrently as Ambassador to Western Samoa.

    Statements by the President

    Acts Approved by the President

    • H.R. 8298 -- Public Law 91-590
      An Act to amend section 303(b) of the Interstate Commerce Act to modernize certain restrictions upon the application and scope of the exemption provided therein, and for other purposes.
    • H.R. 16498 -- Private Law 91-221
      An Act to permit the sale of the passenger vessel "Atlantic" to an alien, and for other purposes.
    • H.R. 19402 -- Public Law 91-591
      An Act to authorize the Secretary of Agriculture to receive gifts for the benefit of the National Agricultural Library.
    • S.J. Res. 74 -- Public Law 91-593
      Joint Resolution to provide for the designation of the first full calendar week in May, 1971, as "National Employ the Older Worker Week".
    • S.J. Res. 172 -- Public Law 91-594
      Joint Resolution to authorize the President to issue a proclamation designating the first full calendar week in May of 1971 as "Clean Waters for America Week".
    • S.J. Res. 187 -- Public Law 91-595
      Joint Resolution to authorize the President to designate the third Sunday in June, 1971, as "Father's Day".
    • S.J. Res. 226 -- Public Law 91-592
      Joint Resolution to authorize the President to proclaim the period from May 9, 1971, Mother's Day, through June 20, 1971, Father's Day, as the "National Multiple Sclerosis Society Annual Hope Chest Appeal Weeks".

    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.

    • The President today announced the appointment of Gen. A. C. Wedemeyer, USA (ret.), and D. Whitney Halladay, president, East Texas State University, as members of the Board of Visitors to the United States Military Academy for terms expiring December 30, 1973.

    Nominations Submitted to the Senate

    Does not include promotions of members of the Uniformed Services, nominations to the Service Academies, or nominations of Foreign Service Officers.

    • KENNETH FIRANZHEIM II, of Texas, now Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the United States of America to New Zealand, to serve concurrently and without additional compensation as Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the United States of America to Western Samoa.
    • JOHN H. REED, of Maine, to be a Member of the National Transportation Safety Board for the term expiring December 31, 1975(reappointment).
    • RENE DESLOGE TEGTMEYER, of Virginia, to be an Assistant Commissioner of Patents, vice John Henry Schneider.
  • 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. V, United Nations, 1969-1972

    Committee of 24

    • 65. Telegram From the Department of State to the Mission to the United Nations, Washington, December 28, 1970, 1745Z

      Source: National Archives, RG 59, Central Files 1970–73, POL 19 UN. Confidential. Drafted by Samuel R. Peale; cleared by Morris Rothenberg, Daniel Goott, Margaret J. Tibbetts, Walker, Peter C, Assistant Secretary Newsom, Robert T. Curran, George N. Monsma, Louise McNutt, Heller (Interior), Assistant Secretary De Palma, and Alexander Haig; and approved by the Under Secretary. A December 24 memorandum from Winston Lord of the National Security Council Staff to Haig noted that “if our UN Mission and State both believe that withdrawing from the committee would have no serious adverse effect in the UN or elsewhere, it should not be an outlandishly hawkish action. Also, the cable has high level clearance—Irwin, De Palma, and Newsom—and we were prepared to take this step two years ago.” Lord expressed concern about whether withdrawing from a UN committee might set an unfavorable precedent should another nation, such as the Soviet Union, withdraw from a committee considered important by the United States. (Ibid., Nixon Presidential Materials, NSC Files, Agency Files, Box 299, USUN, Vol. V)

    Vol. VII, Vietnam, July 1970-January 1972

    Planning and Decisions for Operations in Cambodia and Laos, October 9, 1970-February 7, 1971

    Vol. XIX, Part 1, Korea, 1969-1972

    U.S. Troop Reductions and Related Defense Issues, November 1969-February 1971

    Vol. XXI, Chile, 1969-1973

    Cool and Correct: The U.S. Response to the Allende Administration, November 5, 1970-December 31, 1972

  • 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 Communications Agency Sound Recordings Collection contains public statements that took place between 1969 and 1974. Visit the finding aid to learn more.

    E - Secretary of Defense Briefings

    • WHCA-SR-E-022
      Press conference by Sec. Def. Melvin Laird. (12/28/1970, Pentagon)

      Runtime: 47:00:00

      Production credits: Audio feed supplied by OPI; Recorded by BAC (initials of 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-4055
      "The Correspondents' Report", Pt. I. Former Vietnam Prisoners of War, POWs.
      NBC, CBS
      Runtime: 1:00
    • WHCA-4057
      "Science 1970--A Year End Report: 'Human Behavior - Science Looks at Us' ".
      Runtime: 1:00
    • WHCA-4058
      "Book Beat". FTN: James Farmer, Former Assistant Secretary of the Department of Health, Education and Welfare; "MTP": Senator Eugene McCarthy.
      CBS, NBC
      Runtime: 1:00
    • WHCA-4059
      "The American Adventure - A Portrait of America" Tape I.
      Runtime: 1:00
    • WHCA-4060
      "The American Adventure - A Portrait of America", Tape II. Mrs. Lyndon B. Johnson ("Lady Bird").
      Runtime: 1:00
    • WHCA-4072
      Weekly News Summary, Tape I.
      Runtime: 1:00

      1. Smith/Donaldson: 91st Congress. Time Code Start: 00:00. Keywords: House of Representatives. Network: ABC.

      2. Smith/Lawrence: L. Mendel Rivers [funeral]. Time Code Start: 01:56. Keywords: death memorials, burials, internments, religious services, funerals. Network: ABC.

      3. Smith/Milligan: POWs. Time Code Start: 04:38. Keywords: Vietnam War, Vietnam Prisoner of War. Network: ABC.

      4. Smith: White House statement on POW film. Time Code Start: 06:49. Keywords: Vietnam War, Vietnam Prisoner of War. Network: ABC.

      5. Utley/Slatter/Duke: House Armed Services Committee Chairman L. Mendel Rivers dies after heart surgery; Representative F. Edward HEBERT, Brock Adams on Congress seniority system. Time Code Start: 08:19. Keywords: Congressmen, military, leaders, House of Representatives, Committees. Network: NBC.

      6. Utley: Senate kills welfare and trade reform bills; acting only on Social Security. Time Code Start: 12:28. Keywords: bills, laws, Senators, voting, defeats. Network: NBC.

      7. Utley: Poverty Law; California Governor Ronald Reagan vetoes $2 million federal grant for legal aid to poor. Time Code Start: --. Keywords: bills, laws, lawsuits, financial aid, anti-poverty. Network: NBC.

      8. Utely: Secretary of Defense Laird on POW film. Time Code Start: 14:57. Keywords: cabinet, advisors, Vietnam War, Vietnam Prisoner of War. Network: NBC.

      9. Collingwood/Morton: L. Mendel Rivers [funeral]. Time Code Start: 16:37. Keywords: death memorials, burials, internments, religious services, funerals. Network: CBS.

      10. Collingwood: Secretary of Defense Laird on POW film and Young comment. Time Code Start: 20:00. Keywords: movies, Vietnam War, Vietnam Prisoner of War. Network: CBS.

      11. Collingwood/Dean: War and medical help. Time Code Start: 23:05. Keywords: wars, hospitals, medicine, doctors, nurses, aid. Network: CBS.

Context (External Sources)