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October 12, 1970

Introduction

This almanac page for Monday, October 12, 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.

Previous Date: Sunday, October 11, 1970

Next Date: Tuesday, October 13, 1970

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.

    Addresses and Remarks

    • Hartford, Connecticut (6 Weekly Comp. Pres. Doc. 1366, October 12, 1970)
      The President's Remarks During His Motorcade Through the City.
    • Stamford, Connecticut (6 Weekly Comp. Pres. Doc. 1368, October 12, 1970)
      The President's Remarks at Dedication Ceremonies for the Italian Community Center.

    Announcements

    • Disaster Assistance for Puerto Rico (6 Weekly Comp. Pres. Doc. 1370, October 12, 1970)
      Announcement of Disaster Declaration and Authorization of Federal Assistance Following Heavy Rainfall.

    Statements by the President

    • Troop Withdrawals (6 Weekly Comp. Pres. Doc. 1366, October 12, 1970)
      Statement by the President.
    • Turbotrain Demonstration Experiment (6 Weekly Comp. Pres. Doc. 1366, October 12, 1970)
      Statement by the President on the Decision To Continue the Service.
    • Burlington, Vermont (6 Weekly Comp. Pres. Doc. 1388, October 12, 1970)
      Statement by the President in Support of Republican Candidates in Vermont.

    Veto Messages

    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.

    • During his visit to Hartford, Conn., the President met with news executives from the Northeastern States who were attending an administration briefing on foreign policy.

    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.

    • The following-named persons to be Members of the United States Advisory Commission on International Educational and Cultural Affairs for terms expiring May 11, 1973: DR. HOMER DANIELS BABBIDGE, JR., of Connecticut; DR. MARTHA B. LUCAS PATE, of Connecticut.
    • COL. JAMES C. DONOVAN, Corps of Engineers, to be a member of the California Debris Commission, under the provisions of Section 1 of the Act of Congress approved 1 March 1893 (27 Stat. 507) (33 U.S.C. 661), vice (P) Col. George B. Fink, Corps of Engineers, reassigned.
  • 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 Archives.gov 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. I, Foundations of Foreign Policy, 1969-1972

    Foundations of Foreign Policy, 1969-1972

    Vol. V, United Nations, 1969-1972

    Committee of 24

    • 62. Telegram From the Department of State to All Posts in Africa, Washington, October 12, 1970, 2027Z

      Source: National Archives, RG 59, Central Files 1970–73, POL 19 UN. Confidential; Priority. Drafted by Walker, Peter C, approved by Donald S. Spigler, and cleared by Samuel R. Peale. Also sent to Lourenco Marques and Luanda, and repeated to USUN.

    Vol. XIII, Soviet Union, October 1970-October 1971

    "A Moment of Unusual Uncertainty": Meeting Between Nixon and Gromyko, October 12-December 31, 1970

    • 1. Background Press Briefing by President Nixon, Hartford, Connecticut, October 12, 1970, 1:30-2:08 p.m.

      Source: Library of Congress, Manuscript Division, Kissinger Papers, Box CL 426, Subject File, Background Briefings. No classification marking. The briefing—the last of four such regional briefings before the mid-term elections—was held in the Hartford Hilton Hotel for selected “Northeastern editors and broadcasters.” In a memorandum to the President on October 8, Herbert Klein, White House Director of Communications, explained: “Emphasis in the selection of editors and broadcasters has been placed on the states in which there are key Senate races although other states are included that the list not look overly political.” (National Archives, Nixon Presidential Materials, White House Central Files, President’s Daily Diary) The President’s remarks, delivered on “deep background, not attributable in any way,” and “strictly embargoed” until 6 p.m. on October 13, were apparently transcribed by the Office of the White House Press Secretary.

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

    December 1969-March 1971: Relations After the First Nixon-Sato Summit

    Vol. XL, Germany and Berlin, 1969-1972

    Germany and Berlin, 1969-1972

    • 123. Paper Prepared in the Department of State, Washington, October 12, 1970

      Source: National Archives, RG 59, EUR/CE Files: Lot 80 D 225, Bonn Group Study, Nov 23 1970. Secret. Drafted by Sutterlin and Skoug. The paper was a revision of a paper originally prepared for discussion by the NSC on September 15; the meeting, however, was postponed. On October 12 Jeanne W. Davis, NSC Staff Secretary, circulated the revised pages to serve as the basis for discussion at the NSC meeting on October 14. (Ibid., Central Files 1970–73, POL 1 EUR E–GER W) Copies of the original version are ibid. and ibid., Nixon Presidential Materials, NSC Files, Box 684, Country Files, Europe, Germany, Vol. VII.

    Vol. E-4, Documents on Iran and Iraq, 1969-1972

    Iran 1970

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

    Peru

    • 620. Memorandum From the President’s Assistant for National Security Affairs (Kissinger) to President Nixon, Washington, October 12, 1970., Washington, October 12, 1970

      President’s Assistant for National Security Affairs Kissinger summarized a memorandum by Secretary of State Rogers in which he discussed options for earthquake aid to Peru. Kissinger recommended a specific amount of approximately $100 million dollars to be distributed over three years. President Nixon, however, approved Rogers’s recommendation of assistance on a case-by-case basis.

      Source: National Archives, Nixon Presidential Materials, NSC Files, Box 793, Country Files, Latin America, Peru, Vol. 2, July 1970–13 December 1971. Confidential. Sent for action. Nixon approved Rogers’s recommendation on October 19. Tab A, a September 8 memorandum from Rogers to the President, has not been found. Tab B is printed as Document 616. Nixon wrote “I agree” in the left-hand margin next to the sentence that begins “A personal message from you might draw adverse…” Next to the last paragraph, the recommendation, Nixon wrote “No” in the right-hand margin and wrote, “I want to give Velasco just as little as we can—in specifics—He is using the earthquake to build his socialist state.”

  • 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-4717 Photographer: Knudsen, Robert L. | Color or B&W: B&W

    • Frame(s): WHPO-4717-03-12, President Nixon and Pat Nixon greeting attendees of the Media briefing. 10/12/1970, Hartford, Connecticut Hartford Hilton Hotel, Terrace Room. President Nixon, Pat Nixon, unidentified press corps members, reporters and photographers.
    • Frame(s): WHPO-4717-13-17, President Nixon and others preparing to depart Colt Park in Hartford to go to the Italian Community Center in Stamford. 10/12/1970, Hartford, Connecticut. Colt Park. President Nixon and members of the Presidential party.

    Roll WHPO-4718 Photographer: Knudsen, Robert L. | Color or B&W: B&W

    • Frame(s): WHPO-4718-03A-35A, President Nixon and Pat Nixon in the Terrace Room greeting attendees of the Media briefing. 10/12/1970, Hartford, Connecticut Hartford Hilton Hotel, Terrace Room. President Nixon, Pat Nixon, unidentified press corps members, reporters and photographers.

    Roll WHPO-4719 Photographer: Knudsen, Robert L. | Color or B&W: B&W

    • Frame(s): WHPO-4719-03A-06A, President Nixon arriving in Hartford and greeting people in the waiting crowd. 10/12/1970, Hartford, Connecticut Bradley International Airport. President Nixon, crowd.
    • Frame(s): WHPO-4719-05A-36A, President Nixon's motorcade traveling to downtown Hartford. 10/12/1970, Hartford, Connecticut streets. President Nixon, crowd.

    Roll WHPO-4720 Photographer: Knudsen, Robert L. | Color or B&W: B&W

    • Frame(s): WHPO-4720-02A-36A, President Nixon's motorcade traveling from Colt Park to the Hartford Hilton Hotel. 10/12/1970, Hartford, Connecticut streets. President Nixon, several local officials, crowd.

    Roll WHPO-4721 Photographer: Knudsen, Robert L. | Color or B&W: B&W

    • Frame(s): WHPO-4721-02A-08A, President Nixon's motorcade traveling to downtown Hartford, Connecticut. 10/12/1970, Hartford, Connecticut streets. President Nixon, several local officials, crowd.
    • Frame(s): WHPO-4721-10A-33A, President Nixon joining Pat Nixon in the Terrace Room where they greet Stuart Dunham of the Hartford Times, Donald McCormack of the NY Daily News and other attendees of the Media Briefing. 10/12/1970, Hartford, Connecticut Hartford Hilton Hotel, Terrace Room. President Nixon, Pat Nixon, Stuart Dunham, Donald McCormack, attendees of the Media Briefing.

    Roll WHPO-4722 Photographer: Knudsen, Robert L. | Color or B&W: B&W

    • Frame(s): WHPO-4722-04A-31A, President Nixon, Pat Nixon, Secretary of Transportation, John Volpe, Mrs. Jennie Volpe, Congressman and Mrs. Lowell Weicker, Ralph Gervasio, the President and the Exec. Director of the Italian Community Center and other officials of the Center celebrating Columbus Day by dedicating the Italian Community Center. 10/12/1970, Stamford, Connecticut Italian Community Center. President Nixon, Pat Nixon, John Volpe, Jennie Volpe, Lowell Weicker and Mrs. Lowell Weicker, Ralph Gervasio, officials of the Center.

    Roll WHPO-4723 Photographer: Knudsen, Robert L. | Color or B&W: B&W

    • Frame(s): WHPO-4723-Roll 4723: 01-30, President Nixon, Pat Nixon, Secretary of Transportation, John Volpe, Mrs. Jennie Volpe, Congressman and Mrs. Lowell Weicker, Ralph Gervasio, the President and the Exec. Director of the Italian Community Center and other officials of the Center celebrating Columbus Day by dedicating the Italian Community Center. 10/12/1970, Stamford, Connecticut The Italian Community Center. President Nixon, Pat Nixon, John Volpe, Jennie Volpe, Lowell Weicker and Mrs. Lowell Weicker, Ralph Gervasio, officials of the Center.
    • Frame(s): WHPO-4723-Roll 4723A: 31-35, President Nixon, Pat Nixon, Secretary of Transportation, John Volpe, Mrs. Jennie Volpe, Congressman and Mrs. Lowell Weicker, Ralph Gervasio, the President and the Exec. Director of the Italian Community Center and other officials of the Center celebrating Columbus Day by dedicating the Italian Community Center. 10/12/1970, Stamford, Connecticut The Italian Community Center. President Nixon, Pat Nixon, John Volpe, Jennie Volpe, Lowell Weicker and Mrs. Lowell Weicker, Ralph Gervasio, officials of the Center.

    Roll WHPO-4724 Photographer: Knudsen, Robert L. | Color or B&W: B&W

    • Frame(s): WHPO-4724-08-36, President Nixon greeting a crowd at Westchester County Airport. 10/12/1970, Westchester, New York Westchester County Airport. President Nixon, crowd.
  • 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-129
      Remarks at an airport rally-Lubbock, TX. (10/12/1970)

      Runtime: 20:00

      Original Format: 1/4-inch reel-to-reel audiotape. Original source type: Original.
    • WHCA-SR-B-130
      Remarks at a fund raising dinner-Amarillo Civic Center, Amarillo, TX. (10/12/1970)

      Runtime: 35:00:00

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

    H - White House Staff Member Recordings

    • WHCA-SR-H-279
      Press briefing by Nixon and Henry Kissinger to Northeastern editors and publishers. (10/12/1970, Hartford Room, Hilton Hotel, Hartford, Connecticut)

      Runtime: 58:00:00

      Keywords: Press conferences, news conferences, interviews, media

      Production credits: Audio feed supplied by WHCA; Recorded by JHP (initials of WHCA engineer)

      Original Format: 1/4-inch reel-to-reel audiotape. Original source type: Original.
    • WHCA-SR-H-280
      Columbus Day ceremony with Sons of Italy, Congressman McClory, and Mr. Depomo. (10/12/1970, Rose Garden, White House)

      Runtime: 11:06

      Keywords: ceremonies

      Production credits: Audio feed supplied by WHCA; Recorded by SRJ (initials of WHCA engineer)

      Original Format: 1/4-inch reel-to-reel audiotape. Original source type: Original.
    • WHCA-SR-H-281
      Press briefing by John D. Ehrlichman. (10/12/1970, Press Center, White House)

      Runtime: 17:08

      Keywords: Press conferences, news conferences, interviews, media

      Production credits: Audio feed supplied by WHCA; Recorded by JRS (initials of WHCA engineer)

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

    K - Informal Presidential Remarks

    • WHCA-SR-K-015
      Westchester County Airport-Stamford, CT. (10/12/1970)

      Runtime: 12:00

      Original Format: 1/4-inch reel-to-reel audiotape. Original source type: Original.
    • WHCA-SR-K-016
      Motorcade-Hartford, CT. (10/12/1970)

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

    P - Formal Presidential Remarks

    • WHCA-SR-P-701018
      Remarks by President Nixon re foreign policy to NE editors and publishers in Hartford with HK, HAK, J. Sisco. (10/12/1970)

      Runtime: 36:30:00

      Original Format: 1/4-inch reel-to-reel audiotape. Original source type: Original.
    • WHCA-SR-P-701019
      Remarks by President Nixon at the Italian Center in Stamford, CT. (10/12/1970, Italian Center in Stamford, CT)

      Runtime: 12:32

      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-3900
      "Today" Show with Sec. of Labor James D. Hodgson. Secretary of Defense Melvin Laird and Secretary of State William P. Rogers.
      ABC
      Runtime: 0:10
    • WHCA-3906
      Weekly News Summary - Tape I.
      All networks
      Runtime: 00:58:24

      10. Report on U.S. troop reduction in Vietnam; film of President Nixon in Connecticut. Time Code Start: 12:18. Keywords: Vietnam War, military, troops, withdrawals, decreases, Presidents, travel, trips, Nixon trips, domestic. Network: ABC.

      11. Film report on Secretary of Defense Melvin Laird's comments on the draft and the Military; all volunteer army sought by 1973. Time Code Start: 14:51. Keywords: military, cabinet, advisors, conscription, laws, Vietnam War, draft reform, draft evasion. Network: ABC.

      12. White House reports President Nixon will stump for Republican candidates in 1970 mid-term elections. Time Code Start: 16:55. Keywords: Presidents, elections, candidates, campaigns, campaigning, voting, results, Republicans. Network: ABC.

      13. President Nixon vetoes limit on television campaign funds. Time Code Start: 17:48. Keywords: Presidents, bills, laws, vetoes, elections, campaigns, funding, limitations, credit, loans, cash, currency, funding, financial aid. Network: ABC.

      14. Report on Civil Rights Commission. Time Code Start: 18:29. Keywords: African Americans, leaders, desegregation, racism, racial discrimination. Network: NBC.

      15. Crime Bills. Time Code Start: 20:29. Keywords: bills, laws, House of Representatives, anti-crime, offences, infractions, criminals, criminality, law breaking. Network: NBC.

      16. Report on troop reductions in Vietnam; and film of President Nixon in Connecticut. Time Code Start: 21:08. Keywords: Vietnam War, military, troops, withdrawals, decreases, Presidents, travel, trips, Nixon trips, domestic. Network: NBC.

      17. Film of Secretary of Defense Melvin Laird news conference on the future role of the draft in the military; calls for all volunteer army by 1973. Time Code Start: 23:38. Keywords: military, cabinet, advisors, conscription, laws, Vietnam War, draft reform, draft evasion. Network: NBC.

      18. Film report on President Nixon in Connecticut. Time Code Start: 25:11. Keywords: Presidents, travel, trips, Nixon trips, domestic. Network: CBS.

      19. President Nixon vetoes television campaign fund limit bill. Time Code Start: 28:48. Keywords: Presidents, bills, laws, vetoes, elections, campaigns, funding, limitations, credit, loans, cash, currency, funding, financial aid. Network: CBS.

      20. Secretary of Defense Laird's comments on the draft and on Cuba. Time Code Start: 29:26. Keywords: military, cabinet, advisors, speeches, Cuban, diplomacy, politics, conscription, laws, Vietnam War, military, troops, draft reform, draft evasion. Network: CBS.

      21. Film report on the current Supreme Court session. Time Code Start: 31:55. Keywords: law officials, judges, justices, courts, trials, investigations. Network: CBS.

      22. Story on Civil Rights Commission report. Time Code Start: 34:08. Keywords: African Americans, leaders, desegregation, racism, racial discrimination. Network: CBS.

Context (External Sources)