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July 30, 1969

Introduction

This almanac page for Wednesday, July 30, 1969, pulls together various records created by the federal government and links to additional resources which can provide context about the events of the day.

Previous Date: Tuesday, July 29, 1969

Next Date: Thursday, July 31, 1969

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 Bangkok, Thailand

  • 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.

    The President's Round-the-World Trip

    • Saigon, Republic of Vietnam (5 Weekly Comp. Pres. Doc. 1051, July 30, 1969)
      Statement by the President Upon Arrival in Saigon.
    • Saigon, Republic of Vietnam (5 Weekly Comp. Pres. Doc. 1052, July 30, 1969)
      The President's Remarks Following a Meeting With President Nguyen Van Thieu at Independence Palace.
    • Saigon, Republic of Vietnam (5 Weekly Comp. Pres. Doc. 1053, July 30, 1969)
      Statement of President Nguyen Van Thieu at the Conclusion of a Private Discussion With the President at Independence Palace.
    • Di An, Republic of Vietnam (5 Weekly Comp. Pres. Doc. 1054, July 30, 1969)
      The President's Remarks to American Troops at Headquarters, 1st Infantry Division.
    • Bangkok, Thailand (5 Weekly Comp. Pres. Doc. 1055, July 30, 1969)
      The President's Toast at a Dinner Given by Prime Minister Thanom Kittikachorn at Rangong House.

    Checklist of White House Press Releases

    The releases listed below, made public by the Office of the White House Press Secretary during the period covered by this issue, are not included in the issue.

    • Press conference of Vice President Spiro T. Agnew, Secretary of the Treasury David M. Kennedy, and Budget Director Robert Mayo concerning the surtax.
  • 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.

  • 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.

    • 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 Archives.gov and the Presidential Libraries. The Catalog also allows users to contribute to digitized historical records through tagging and transcription.

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

    Vol. VI, Vietnam, January 1969-July 1970

    Vietnam, January 1969-July 1970

    • 103. Memorandum of Conversation , Saigon, July 30, 1969

      Source: National Archives, Nixon Presidential Materials, NSC Files, Box 1023, Presidential/HAK Memcons, President Nixon and Thieu, 7/30/69. Top Secret; Nodis; MoonGlow. The meeting was held at Independence Palace. Kissinger sent copies of this memorandum to Rogers and Richardson on August 13. Bunker sent the original to Kissinger under cover of a memorandum of August 19 in which he wrote: “I think it [the meeting] went exceedingly well. From the preliminary soundings we have taken, this seems to be an almost unanimous opinion here. In reading the transcript of yesterday’s [July 31] plenary session in Paris, it appears that Hanoi got the message.” (Ibid., Box 138, Vietnam Country Files, Vietnam, Vol. IX, 8/1/69–8/31/69) According to the President’s Daily Diary, Nixon and Thieu met at the Palace from noon to 5:35 p.m. This time apparently includes the discussion with the advisers; see footnote 3 below. (Ibid., White House Central Files)

  • 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-1612 Photographer: Schumacher, Karl | Color or B&W: B&W

    • Frame(s): WHPO-1612-, Julie Eisenhower greeting tourists waiting to enter White House. 7/30/1969, Washington, D.C. White House grounds. Julie Eisenhower, tourists.

    Roll WHPO-1613 Photographer: Schumacher, Karl | Color or B&W: B&W

    • Frame(s): WHPO-1613-, Julie Eisenhower greeting tourists waiting to enter White House. 7/30/1969, Washington, D.C. White House. Julie Eisenhower, tourists.

    Roll WHPO-1614 Photographer: Schumacher, Karl | Color or B&W: B&W

    • Frame(s): WHPO-1614-, Gathering of unidentified persons. 7/30/1969, Washington, D.C. White House, Library. unknown.

    Roll WHPO-1615 Photographer: Schumacher, Karl | Color or B&W: B&W

    • Frame(s): WHPO-1615-02-22, Mrs. Melvin Laird with nuns and children aboard the President's yacht, Sequoia. 7/30/1969, Washington, D.C. Potomac River. Mrs. Melvin Laird, unidentified adults and children.
    • Frame(s): WHPO-1615-23-24, Portrait of unidentified adults and a baby. 7/30/1969, Washington, D.C. White House, North Portico. unidentified persons.

    Roll WHPO-1616 Photographer: Schumacher, Karl | Color or B&W: B&W

    • Frame(s): WHPO-1616-02A-16A, Mrs. Melvin Laird accepting a gift for Pat Nixon from children aboard the President's yacht, "Sequoia.". 7/30/1969, Washington, D.C. Potomac River. Mrs. Melvin Laird, unidentified adults and children.

    Roll WHPO-1630 Photographer: Atkins, Oliver | Color or B&W: B&W

    • Frame(s): WHPO-1630-01-07, President Nixon and various staff members aboard Air Force One, en route to Vietnam. 7/30/1969, air Air Force One, interior. President Nixon, General Creighton Abrams, Ellsworth Bunker, Henry Kissinger, Marshall Green, aides.
    • Frame(s): WHPO-1630-03A, President Nixon seated during a meeting with General Creighton Abrams, Ellsworth Bunker, Henry Kissinger, Marshall Green, aboard Air Force One, en route to Vietnam. 7/30/1969, air Air Force One, interior. President Nixon, General Creighton Abrams, Ellsworth Bunker, Henry Kissinger, Marshall Green, aides.
    • Frame(s): WHPO-1630-08-19, President Nixon and Pat Nixon in South Vietnam, sitting in meetings at the Presidential Palace. 7/30/1969, Saigon, South Vietnam Presidential Palace. President Nixon, Pat Nixon, President Nguyen Van Thieu, Kissinger, Ellsworth Bunker, Creighton Abrams, unidentified others.
    • Frame(s): WHPO-1630-18A, President Nixon seated during a meeting with President Nguyen Van Thieu, Henry Kissinger, Ellworth Bunker, Creighton Abrams, at the Presidential Palace in South Vietnam. 7/30/1969, Saigon, South Vietnam Presidential Palace. President Nixon, President Nguyen Van Thieu, Henry Kissinger, Ellsworth Bunker, Creighton Abrams.
    • Frame(s): WHPO-1630-20, The Saigon, South Vietnam Presidential Palace building exterior. 7/30/1969, Saigon, South Vietnam Presidential Palace.
    • Frame(s): WHPO-1630-21-26, President Nixon and Pat Nixon in South Vietnam, descending a staircase and walking down a hall at the Presidential Palace. 7/30/1969, Saigon, South Vietnam Presidential Palace. President Nixon, Pat Nixon, President Nguyen Van Thieu, Kissinger, Ellsworth Bunker, Creighton Abrams, unidentified others.
    • Frame(s): WHPO-1630-27-29, President Nixon and President Nguyen Van Thieu in front of a microphone within the Presidential Palace. 7/30/1969, Saigon, South Vietnam Presidential Palace. President Nixon, Pat Nixon, President Nguyen Van Thieu, Kissinger, Ellsworth Bunker, Creighton Abrams, unidentified others.
    • Frame(s): WHPO-1630-30-34, President Nixon attending a Presidential Palace meeting. 7/30/1969, Saigon, South Vietnam Presidential Palace. President Nixon, Pat Nixon, President Nguyen Van Thieu, Kissinger, Ellsworth Bunker, Creighton Abrams, unidentified others.

    Roll WHPO-1631 Photographer: Atkins, Oliver | Color or B&W: B&W

    • Frame(s): WHPO-1631-00-06, President Nixon seen overhead amid a sea of soldiers camouflage helmets, greeting and talking to individual military troops of the First Infantry Division in Dian, South Vietnam. 7/30/1969, Dian, South Vietnam seaside base. President Nixon, unidentified Army troops and officers.
    • Frame(s): WHPO-1631-03, President Nixon, seen overhead, surrounded by U.S. Army soldiers in plain uniforms and camouflage helmets, greeting and talking to individual military troops of the First Infantry Division in Dian, South Vietnam. 7/30/1969, Dian, South Vietnam seaside base. President Nixon, unidentified Army troops and officers.
    • Frame(s): WHPO-1631-07-11, 15-26, President Nixon speaking to a crowd of military troops of the First Infantry Division in Dian, South Vietnam. 7/30/1969, Dian, South Vietnam seaside base. President Nixon, unidentified Army troops and officers.
    • Frame(s): WHPO-1631-12, President Nixon shaking hands with U.S. Army military troops on the Magical Mystery Tour tank of the First Infantry Division in Dian, South Vietnam. Reporters and cameramen stand in the background documenting the event. 7/30/1969, Dian, South Vietnam seaside base. President Nixon, unidentified Army troops and officers, unidentified cameramen.
    • Frame(s): WHPO-1631-12-14, President Nixon greeting and talking to military troops on the Magical Mystery Tour tank of the First Infantry Division in Dian, South Vietnam. 7/30/1969, Dian, South Vietnam seaside base. President Nixon, unidentified Army troops and officers.
    • Frame(s): WHPO-1631-27-29, President Nixon standing with officers near arched buildings at the First Infantry Division base in Dian, South Vietnam. 7/30/1969, Dian, South Vietnam seaside base. President Nixon, unidentified Army troops and officers.

    Roll WHPO-1632 Photographer: Atkins, Oliver | Color or B&W: B&W

    • Frame(s): WHPO-1632-01-03, President Nixon greets officers of the First Infantry Division in Dian, South Vietnam after disembarking from the Army One helicopter. 7/30/1969, Dian, South Vietnam seaside base. President Nixon, Army troops, officers.
    • Frame(s): WHPO-1632-04-09, 16-19, President Nixon greeting military troops of the First Infantry Division in Dian, South Vietnam while riding in a jeep with officers. 7/30/1969, Dian, South Vietnam seaside base. President Nixon, Army troops, officers.
    • Frame(s): WHPO-1632-05, President Nixon waving to military troops from a jeep, while visiting the First Infantry Division in Dian, South Vietnam. 7/30/1969, Dian, South Vietnam seaside base. President Nixon, Army officers, secret service agent in backseat.
    • Frame(s): WHPO-1632-06, President Nixon sitting in an Army jeep shaking hands with a soldier holding a camera during a visit of the First Infantry Division in Dian, South Vietnam. 7/30/1969, Dian, South Vietnam seaside base. President Nixon, Army officers, secret service agent in backseat.
    • Frame(s): WHPO-1632-10-12, 20-26, President Nixon greeting a large group military troops of the First Infantry Division in Dian, South Vietnam. 7/30/1969, Dian, South Vietnam seaside base. President Nixon, Army troops, officers.
    • Frame(s): WHPO-1632-13-15, President Nixon speaking with officers near a platform in a field while visiting the First Infantry Division in Dian, South Vietnam. 7/30/1969, Dian, South Vietnam seaside base. President Nixon, Army troops, officers.
    • Frame(s): WHPO-1632-16-17, President Nixon speaking from a jeep with officers of the First Infantry Division in Dian, South Vietnam. 7/30/1969, Dian, South Vietnam seaside base. President Nixon, Army troops, officers.
    • Frame(s): WHPO-1632-18-19, An Army jeep motorcade driving away on a dirt road in barren landscape near Dian, South Vietnam. 7/30/1969, Dian, South Vietnam seaside base. President Nixon, Army troops, officers.
    • Frame(s): WHPO-1632-27-29, President Nixon saying goodbye to officers and troops of the First Infantry Division in Dian, South Vietnam, while standing at the door of the Army One helicopter. 7/30/1969, Dian, South Vietnam seaside base. President Nixon, Army troops, officers.
    • Frame(s): WHPO-1632-30-31, Lt. Col. Vernon Coffey in a helicopter. 7/30/1969, South Vietnam helicopter, interior. Lt. Col. Vernon Coffey.

    Roll WHPO-1633 Photographer: Atkins, Oliver | Color or B&W: B&W

    • Frame(s): WHPO-1633-00-06, President Nixon in South Vietnam standing in the aisle of Air Force One. 7/30/1969, South Vietnam Air Force One (AF1). President Nixon, Pat Nixon, Nguyen Van Thieu, officials, Army troops.
    • Frame(s): WHPO-1633-07-09, President Nixon in South Vietnam sitting with President Nguyen Van Thieu. 7/30/1969, South Vietnam Presidential Palace, Dian troop base. President Nixon, Pat Nixon, Nguyen Van Thieu, officials, Army troops.
    • Frame(s): WHPO-1633-10-12, Pat Nixon and others entering the Presidential Palace. 7/30/1969, South Vietnam Presidential Palace. President Nixon, Pat Nixon, Nguyen Van Thieu, officials, Army troops.
    • Frame(s): WHPO-1633-13, Photographers outside the Presidential Palace with uniformed men. 7/30/1969, South Vietnam Presidential Palace, exterior. President Nixon, Pat Nixon, Nguyen Van Thieu, officials, Army troops.
    • Frame(s): WHPO-1633-14-15, President Nixon and others at a conference table. 7/30/1969, South Vietnam Presidential Palace. President Nixon, Pat Nixon, Nguyen Van Thieu, officials, Army troops.
    • Frame(s): WHPO-1633-16-36, President Nixon with troops. Awarding Distinguished Service Cross medals to soldiers of the First Infantry Division in Dian, South Vietnam. 7/30/1969, South Vietnam Dian troop base. President Nixon, Pat Nixon, Nguyen Van Thieu, officials, Army troops, Lt. Gary Tucker, Captain Enrique Rodriguez, Sgt. Michael Murray.
    • Frame(s): WHPO-1633-19, President Nixon awarding Distinguished Service Cross medals to soldiers of the First Infantry Division in Dian, South Vietnam. 7/30/1969, South Vietnam Dian troop base. President Nixon, officials, Army troops, Lt. Gary Tucker, Captain Enrique Rodriguez, Sgt. Michael Murray.
  • 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-018
      Press briefing-Indian Treaty Rm., E.O.B. (7/30/1969)

      Runtime: 29:54:00

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

    H - White House Staff Member Recordings

    • WHCA-SR-H-055
      Press briefing by Ronald Ziegler and Henry Kissinger in Bangkok; questions from the press. (7/30/1969, Press Center, Mandarin Hotel, Bangkok, Thailand)

      Runtime: 35:00:00

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

      Production credits: Audio feed supplied by "WHCA only"; Recorded by WFM (initials of WHCA engineer)

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

    P - Formal Presidential Remarks

    • WHCA-SR-P-690732
      Remarks by President Nixon following a meeting with President Thieu, Independence Palace in Saigon, with remarks by President Thieu. (7/30/1969, Independence Palace in Saigon)

      Runtime: 5:16

      Original Format: 1/4-inch reel-to-reel audiotape. Original source type: Original.
    • WHCA-SR-P-690733
      Exchange of toasts by President Nixon and Prime Minister Thanom at Rangong House in Bangkok. (7/30/1969, Rangong House in Bangkok)

      Runtime: 3:00

      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-3389
      Pictures of Mars; Pictures of Mars; AND The President's Tour: Vietnam.
      CBS
      Runtime:
    • WHCA-3390
      Close-up of Mars AND The President in Vietnam.
      ABC
      Runtime: 1:00

Context (External Sources)