November 17, 1969


This almanac page for Monday, November 17, 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.

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Next Date: Tuesday, November 18, 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 Camp David, Maryland

  • 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

    Awards and Citations

    • Presidential Unit Citation (5 Weekly Comp. Pres. Doc. 1617, November 17, 1969)
      Announcement of Award to the 31st Tactical Fighter Wing, United States Air Force.

    Letters, Memorandums, Etc.

    • Strategic Arms Limitation Talks (5 Weekly Comp. Pres. Doc. 1616, November 17, 1969)
      The President's Message to U.S. Ambassador Gerard C. Smith at the Opening of Talks at Helsinki, Finland.

    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 Robert Vail Hansberger as a member of the President's Commission on White House Fellowships, and Charles Luckman as a member of the Temporary Commission on Pennsylvania Avenue.
    • The President transmitted to the Congress the 13th annual report of the Surgeon General of the Public Health Service.
    • Adam Malik, Foreign Minister of Indonesia, met with the President at the White House.

    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.

    • Graham W. Watt, of Ohio, to be Assistant to the Commissioner of the District of Columbia, vice Thomas W. Fletcher.
  • 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.

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. III, Foreign Economic Policy; International Monetary Policy, 1969-1972

    International Monetary Policy, 1969-1972

    Vol. V, United Nations, 1969-1972

    Expansion of UN Headquarters

    Vol. XIX, Part 2, Japan, 1969-1972

    January-November 1969: The Decision for Okinawa Reversion

    • 24. Memorandum of Conversation , Washington, November 17, 1969

      Source: National Archives, Nixon Presidential Materials, NSC Files, Box 1026, Presidential/HAK Memcons, Memcons—June–Dec 1969 Presidential/HAK [1 of 2]. Top Secret; Sensitive. No meeting time is indicated. The meeting took place in Kissinger’s office.

    Vol. XX, Southeast Asia, 1969-1972


    • 276. Memorandum of Conversation , Washington, November 17, 1969

      Source: National Archives, Nixon Presidential Materials, NSC Files, Box 531, Country Files, Far East, Indonesia, Vol. I. Secret; Nodis. Drafted by Holdridge and forwarded to Kissinger under cover of a separate attached memorandum, November 25. Kissinger initialed his approval on the covering memorandum on November 28 and wrote: “Send to State. Incidentally this goes to S/S only as all other Presidential MemCon s. Don’t let into the working level.” The meeting was held in the President’s office. Another copy of the memorandum of conversation is ibid., RG 59, Central Files 1967–69, POL 7 INDON.

    Vol. XXXIV, National Security Policy, 1969-1972

    Chemical and Biological Warfare, Safeguard Phase II, the Draft

    Vol. XL, Germany and Berlin, 1969-1972

    Germany and Berlin, 1969-1972

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

    U.S.-Cuba Hijacking Agreement, 1969-February 1973

    • 127. Letter from Secretary Rogers to Secretary of Transportation Volpe, Washington, November 17, 1969

      Rogers informed Volpe that he shared his concerns about Cuba’s proposed anti-hijacking law and reported that the Department of State had decided on an approach to Cuba after seeking the approval of President Nixon.

      Source: National Archives, RG 59, Central Files 1967-69, AV 12. Confidential. Drafted by Mark B. Feldman (L/ARA) on November 6 and 12, and cleared by Feehan and Loy. The memorandum is Document 125. Attached but not published was the proposed note.

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

    • 153. Telegram 7775 From the Embassy in Turkey to the Department of State, Ankara, November 17, 1969, 1120Z

      Ambassador Handley reported that he had delivered the President’s message to Turkish Prime Minister Demirel and presented him with a proposal to eradicate poppy production. Demirel agreed to study the problem.

      Source: National Archives, RG 59, Central Files1967-69, INCO-DRUGS 17 US. Confidential; Priority; Limdis.

    International Environmental Policy

    • 288. Letter From the Acting Secretary of the Interior (Train) to Under Secretary of State (Richardson) , Washington, November 17, 1969

      Train expressed his concern that the Department of State was not enthusiastic about the UN Conference on the Human Environment. The American concern over the conference budget, he predicted, would have a negative effect on world opinion. He suggested that U.S. leadership adopt a “positive attitude” toward the Conference.

      Source: National Archives, RG 59, Central Files 1970-73, SCI 61-3. No classification marking.

    Vol. E-2, Documents on Arms Control and Nonproliferation, 1969-1972

    Chemical and Biological Warfare; Geneva Protocol; Biological Weapons Convention

    • 158. Memorandum From the President’s Assistant for National Security Affairs (Kissinger) to President Nixon, Washington, November 17, 1969

      Kissinger briefed the President for the NSC meeting on CBW the next day, emphasizing the need to develop frameworks compatible with the national security and arms control objectives. The attached Issues for Decision paper outlined Kissinger’s recommendations for the policies on the use of chemical and biological weapons; the use of tear gas in relation to the 1925 protocol established by the Geneva Convention; and the authorization policy for the use of tear gas and herbicides in war.

      Source: National Archives, Nixon Presidential Materials, NSC Files, NSC Institutional Files (H-Files), Box H–25, NSC Meeting, 11/18/69, CBW, NSSM 59. Top Secret. The attached Talking Points are not published.

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


  • 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 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-2427 Photographer: Schumacher, Karl | Color or B&W: B&W

    • Frame(s): WHPO-2427-03-16, Old State Department library on the third floor of the Executive Office Building. 11/17/1969, Washington, D.C. Library, Executive Office Building.

    Roll WHPO-2428 Photographer: Schumacher, Karl | Color or B&W: B&W

    • Frame(s): WHPO-2428-10-32, Connie Stuart conducting a press briefing. 11/17/1969, Washington, D.C. Connie Stuart.

    Roll WHPO-2429 Photographer: Atkins, Oliver | Color or B&W: B&W

    • Frame(s): WHPO-2429-02-11, Presidential helicopter arriving at White House. 11/17/1969, Washington, D.C. White House Grounds.
    • Frame(s): WHPO-2429-12-27, Nixon and Pat Nixonexiting Marine One en route to White House. 11/17/1969, Washington, D.C. White House Grounds. President Nixon, Pat Nixon.

    Roll WHPO-2430 Photographer: Schumacher, Karl | Color or B&W: B&W

    • Frame(s): WHPO-2430-05-34, Staff sorting through Vice President Agnew's mail. 11/17/1969, Washington, D.C.

    Roll WHPO-2431 Photographer: Schumacher, Karl | Color or B&W: B&W

    • Frame(s): WHPO-2431-02A-24A, Portrait study of John Price. 11/17/1969, Washington, D.C. Executive Office Building. John Price.

    Roll WHPO-2432 Photographer: Atkins, Oliver | Color or B&W: B&W

    • Frame(s): WHPO-2432-03A-07A, President Nixon with Representative John Byrnes family. 11/17/1969, Washington, D.C. White House, Oval Office. President Nixon, John Byrnes, Byrnes family.

    Roll WHPO-2433 Photographer: Kightlinger, Jack | Color or B&W: B&W

    • Frame(s): WHPO-2433-05A-10A, 12A-13A, President Nixon with Indonesian Foreign Minister Adam Malik, U. S. Ambassador to Indonesia Marshal Green, an Interpreter and officials. 11/17/1969, Washington, D.C. White House, Oval Office. President Nixon, Adam Malik, John Holdridge, Adam Malik, Marshal Green, Emil Mosbacher Chief of Protocol, John H. Holdridge the Director of Office of Research and Analysis for East Asia and the Pacific, unidentified Intepreter.
    • Frame(s): WHPO-2433-11A, President Nixon seated in the Oval Office during a meeting with Indonesian Foreign Minister Adam Malik, U. S. Ambassador to Indonesia Marshal Green, and an Interpreter. 11/17/1969, Washington, D.C. White House, Oval Office. President Nixon, Adam Malik, Marshal Green, unidentified Intepreter.

    Roll WHPO-2434 Photographer: Kightlinger, Jack | Color or B&W: B&W

    • Frame(s): WHPO-2434-03A-09A, President Nixon with Indonesian Foreign Minister Adam Malik. 11/17/1969, Washington, D.C. White House, Oval Office. President Nixon, Adam Malik.
  • 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-3514
      TV from Apollo 12. former Vice President Hubert Humphrey; White House Communications Director Herbert Klein.
      Runtime: 0:35
    • WHCA-3529
      Weekly News Summary.
      All networks
      Runtime: 00:27:03

      1. Reaction to Vice President Agnew speech and former Vice President Hubert H. Humphrey. Time Code Start: 00:27. Keywords: Vice Presidents, speeches, reactions. Network: ABC.

Context (External Sources)