February 13, 1970


This almanac page for Friday, February 13, 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 Key Biscayne, Florida

  • 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.


    • Apollo 12 Astronauts (6 Weekly Comp. Pres. Doc. 178, February 13, 1970)
      Announcement of Forthcoming Tour of the Astronauts as the President's Personal Representatives.

    Appointments and Nominations


    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 reappointment of Emmett O'Donnell, Jr., and the appointment of Kenneth Harry Dahlberg and James J. Reynolds as members of the Board of Visitors to the U.S. Air Force Academy.
  • 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.

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. IV, Foreign Assistance, International Development, Trade Policies, 1969-1972

    East-West Trade, 1969-1972

    Vol. V, United Nations, 1969-1972

    Committee of 24

    Vol. XXXVI, Energy Crisis, 1969-1974

    February 20, 1969-February 19, 1970

    Vol. E-1, Documents on Global Issues, 1969-1972

    U.S. Policy Towards International Production and Trafficking in Illegal Drugs

    • 162. Telegram 1682 From the Embassy in France to the Department of State, Paris, February 13, 1970, 1045Z

      The Embassy in France provided guidance on the problem of heroin trafficking in France in advance of the visit to Washington of French President Pompidou.

      Source: National Archives, RG 59, Central Files 1970-73, INCO-DRUG S FR. Confidential. Pass to BNDD and Moynihan.

    Vol. E-5, Part 2, Documents on North Africa, 1969-1972


    • 53. Intelligence Memorandum 490/70 , Washington, February 13, 1970

      The 6 page report assessed the revolutionary government of Libya as it effected the staying power of the present regime and outlined the directions in which the leaders appeared to be moving.

      Source: Central Intelligence Agency, DI/OCI Files, Job 79–T00830A, Box 2. Secret; Noforn. Prepared in the Office of Current Intelligence of the Central Intelligence Agency, and coordinated with the Office of Economic Research, the Office of National Estimates, the Office of Strategic Research, and the Clandestine Service.

    • 144. Memorandum From the President’s Assistant for National Security Affairs (Kissinger) to President Nixon, Washington, February 13, 1970

      Kissinger summarized Secretary of State Rogers’ report of his meetings with Tunisian officials. At this meeting, Prime Minister Ladgham and Foreign Minister Bourguiba, Jr. reiterated their desire for close relations with the United States and voiced concern about the situations in the Middle East and Libya.

      Source: National Archives, Nixon Presidential Materials, NSC Files, Box 745, Country Files, Africa, Tunisia, Vol. I. Secret. Attached but not printed at Tab A is telegram Secto 39/591 from Addis Ababa, February 12. In the full February 10 memorandum of conversation, Rogers had asserted that “The US is not pro-anybody’ but rather pro-peace’” in the Middle East conflict, adding that he had made clear the opposition of the United States to the expansion of Israel in his own December 9 speech. The Tunisian Foreign Minister “remarked that indeed the Secretary’s speech of December 9 had opened hopes. It was a shame that President Nixon’s speech about additional arms to Israel had looked to so many like backtracking.” (Ibid., RG 59, Central Files 1970–73, ORG 7 S)

    Vol. E-10, Documents on American Republics, 1969-1972


    • 566. Country Analysis and Strategy Paper for Paraguay, February 13, 1970.

      The Embassy stated that the main interest of the United States in Paraguay was to maintain a stable, pro-U.S. Government, bulwarked by economic and social development, and broader participation in the political process.

      Source: National Archives, RG 59, Central Files 1970–73, POL 1 PAR–US. Secret. Drafted by Arzac; cleared by the Country Team in draft form; and approved by Brewin. Transmitted to the Department of State as an attachment to Airgram A–12.

  • 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-2955 Photographer: Schumacher, Karl | Color or B&W: Color

    • Frame(s): WHPO-2955-01-05, Painting by Mrs. P. Hitt (Patricia Hitt) of President Nixon's daughters. 2/13/1970, Unknown Unknown.

    Roll WHPO-2956 Photographer: Schumacher, Karl | Color or B&W: Color

    • Frame(s): WHPO-2956-01-31, White House rooms. 2/13/1970, Washington, D.C. White House.
    • Frame(s): WHPO-2956-03, White House yellow room with a window arch. 2/13/1970, Washington, D.C. White House.
    • Frame(s): WHPO-2956-18, White House bedroom with a red floral bed. 2/13/1970, Washington, D.C. White House.
    • Frame(s): WHPO-2956-22, White House blue sitting room. 2/13/1970, Washington, D.C. White House.
    • Frame(s): WHPO-2956-26, White House brown sitting room with a brown overstuffed chair. 2/13/1970, Washington, D.C. White House.
    • Frame(s): WHPO-2956-27, White House yellow room with a window arch. 2/13/1970, Washington, D.C. White House.
  • 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-3635
      "Today" Show with Mrs. Spiro Agnew.
      Runtime: 0:13

Context (External Sources)