March 21, 1970


This almanac page for Saturday, March 21, 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.

    News Conferences

    Statements by the President

  • 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. 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

    Vol. XXIII, Arab-Israeli Dispute, 1969-1972

    The Cease-Fire Agreement

    • 105. Telegram From the Department of State to Certain Diplomatic Posts , Washington, March 21, 1970, 0050Z

      Source: National Archives, Nixon Presidential Materials, NSC Files, Box 606, Country Files, Middle East, Israel, Vol. IV. Secret; Priority; Nodis; Noforn Until Acted Upon. Drafted on March 19 by William D. Brewer (NEA/ARP); cleared by Sisco and Kissinger and in AF, EUR, and NEA; and approved by Rogers. Sent to London, Paris, Rome, Bonn, Jidda, Amman, Beirut, Kuwait, Rabat, Tunis, Tripoli, Cairo, Algiers, and Khartoum. Repeated to Tel Aviv, Jerusalem, Dhahran, Moscow, Belgrade, Bucharest, USUN, Ankara, Tehran, New Delhi, and Rawalpindi.

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

    Oceans Policy

    • 369. Memorandum From the Under Secretary of State for Political Affairs (Johnson) to President Nixon, Washington, March 21, 1970

      Johnson summarized the results of meetings held in Ottawa between a team of U.S. government representatives and Canadian officials. He noted that although the Trudeau administration would likely moderate certain aspects of their impending Arctic legislation, domestic political pressures would likely produce a result adverse to U.S. interests.

      Source: National Archives, Nixon Presidential Materials, NSC Files, Box 670, Country Files, Europe, Canada, March 1969-August 1970 (1 of 2). Confidential. A handwritten notation on the memorandum indicates the information was included in the President’s Daily Brief for March 21. An additional notation reads: “OBE/D.” On April 1 the Canadian Government proposed legislation to control Arctic pollution, regulate fisheries, and extend territorial waters (External Affairs [Canada], May 1970, pp. 130-131). On April 15 the Department of State lodged a formal protest with Ottawa, noting the potential impingement on U.S. interests and the likelihood of impairment to UN-sponsored sea law negotiations. See Department of State Bulletin, May 11, 1970, pp. 610-611.

  • 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.

    P - Formal Presidential Remarks

    • WHCA-SR-P-700318
      Remarks by President Nixon in a press conference. (3/21/1970)

      Runtime: 36:00:00

      Keywords: Presidential press conferences, presidential news conferences, interviews, media

      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-3666
      Weekly News Summary and Art Linkletter.
      All networks
      Runtime: 00:56:03

      1. Huntley/Kaplow: Report that President Nixon will issue statement on school desegregation, bombings and war planes to Israel, mail strike. Time Code Start: 00:40. Keywords: Presidents, statements, civil rights, African Americans, U.S. Postal Service, U.S. Post Office, strikes, Middle East, Mideast, aviation, foreign aid. Network: NBC.

Context (External Sources)