August 15, 1969


This almanac page for Friday, August 15, 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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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 Western White House, San Clemente, California

  • 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.


    • Cultural Center of the Philippines (5 Weekly Comp. Pres. Doc. 1153, August 15, 1969)
      Announcement of Designation of Governor Ronald Reagan of California To Represent the President at Opening Ceremonies.
    • Disaster Assistance for California (5 Weekly Comp. Pres. Doc. 1153, August 15, 1969)
      Announcement of Allocation of Funds for Repair of Damage Resulting From Snow Melt Flooding.

    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 announced his intention to nominate the following as United States attorneys: Richard A. Pyle, eastern district of Oklahoma; Bart M. Schouweiler, district of Nevada; and Robert McShane Carney, the Virgin Islands.
    • The President announced his intention to nominate the following as United States marshals: J. Keith Gary, eastern district of Texas; William A. Quick, Jr., western district of Virginia; Rex Walters, district of Idaho; and George R. Tallent, western district of Tennessee.
  • 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. XLI, Western Europe; NATO, 1969-1972


    Vol. E-7, Documents on South Asia, 1969-1972

    India and Pakistan: Pre-Crisis, January 1969-February 1971

    Vol. E-16, Documents on Chile, 1969-1973

    A "Noisy Democracy": The Decline of Eduardo Frei, January-December 1969

    • 8. Central Intelligence Agency Weekly Review Special Report , Washington, August 15, 1969

      Summary: This Special Report, prepared in the Offices of Current Intelligence, Economic Research, Strategic Research, and in the Directorate of Science and Technology, concluded that the Chilean military was one of the best-trained and least-political in Latin America, but that certain conditions might be enough to spark a military junta or coup.

      Source: National Archives, Nixon Presidential Materials, NSC Files, Box 773, Country Files, Latin America, Chile, Vol. I. Secret; No Foreign Dissem. Issued by the Office of Current Intelligence to supplement the Current Intelligence Weeklies.

  • 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-1834 Photographer: Knudsen, Robert L. | Color or B&W: B&W

    • Frame(s): WHPO-1834-03A-12A, Boy Scouts presenting Mike Farrell with a flag for the president. 8/15/1969, Washington, D.C. White House, grounds. Mike Farrell, Boy Scouts.

    Roll WHPO-1839 Photographer: Schumacher, Karl | Color or B&W: B&W

    • Frame(s): WHPO-1839-06-37, Gifts received, including jewelry, a mirror set, a bust, and vases. 8/15/1969, Washington, DC unknown.

    Roll WHPO-1840 Photographer: Schumacher, Karl | Color or B&W: B&W

    • Frame(s): WHPO-1840-05-37, Gifts received, including dishware, a vase, jewelry, purses. 8/15/1969, Washington, DC unknown.

    Roll WHPO-1841 Photographer: Schumacher, Karl | Color or B&W: B&W

    • Frame(s): WHPO-1841-02-21, Gifts received, including portraits of President Nixon and Pat Nixon, and sculptures. 8/15/1969, Washington, DC unknown.
  • 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-3414
      NBC, NBC
      Runtime: 0:30

Context (External Sources)