January 16, 1970


This almanac page for Friday, January 16, 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 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.

    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 recess appointments of Marshall F. Rousseau of Harlingen, Tex., to be United States Marshal for the Southern District of Texas, replacing Marion M. Hale who was removed; and Sam H. Roberts of Austin, Tex., to be United States Marshal for the Western District of Texas, replacing Jesse L. Dobbs who was removed.
  • 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. II, Organization and Management of U.S. Foreign Policy, 1969-1972

    The Intelligence Community and the White House

    Vol. IV, Foreign Assistance, International Development, Trade Policies, 1969-1972

    Trade and Commerce, 1969-1972

    Vol. XXI, Chile, 1969-1973

    A Spoiling Operation: The 1970 Chilean Presidential Election, January 1-September 4, 1970

    Vol. XLI, Western Europe; NATO, 1969-1972


    • 289. Minutes of a National Security Council Review Group Meeting , Washington, January 16, 1970, 2:50-3:55 p.m.

      Source: National Archives, Nixon Presidential Materials, NSC Files, NSC Institutional Files (H-Files), Box H–111, Senior Review Group, SRG Minutes Originals 1970. Secret. The meeting was held in the White House Situation Room.

    Vol. E-5, Part 1, Documents on Sub-Saharan Africa, 1969-1972

    Nigerian Civil War

    • 168. Transcript of Telephone Conversation , Washington, January 16, 1970, 2:40 p.m.

      Rogers stated that Major General Gowon, Chairman of the Supreme Military Council of Nigeria, was the key to Africa, but that he resented intrusion. As a practical matter, the United States could not do anything that Gowon did not approve.

      Source: Library of Congress, Manuscripts Division, Kissinger Papers, Box 361, Telephone Conversations, Chronological File. No classification marking.

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

    Afghanistan, 1969-1972

    • 333. Telegram 24 From the Consulate in Auckland, New Zealand, to the Department of State , Auckland, January 16, 1970, 0600Z

      Vice President Agnew met with Prime Minister Etemadi in Kabul on January 7 and reviewed U.S.-Afghan relations.

      Source: National Archives, RG 59, Central Files 1970–73, POL 7 US/AGNEW. Secret; Priority; Nodis. Sent with a request to pass to Kabul. Also sent as VIPTO 21. Agnew visited Afghanistan January 6–7, 1970, as part of a 3-week tour of Asia, which included stops in the Philippines, the Republic of China, Thailand, Indonesia, Malaysia, Singapore, Nepal, South Vietnam, Australia, and New Zealand. Additional documentation on Agnew’s visit to Afghanistan can be found ibid., Conference Files, 1966–1972, Entry 3051B, Box 508, Lot 70 D 387, CF 425. Documentation on the entire trip can be found ibid., Boxes 506–510. During Agnew’s visit to Kabul, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs presented the Vice President with an aide-mémoire outlining the effort Afghanistan was making to deal with its development problems, and another which put forward requests for additional funding of the AID program in the Helmand valley. The texts of the two documents were transmitted to Washington on January 17 in airgram A-06 from Kabul. (Ibid., Central Files 1970–73, E 5 AFG)

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


    • 449. Memorandum From Helmut Sonnenfeldt of the National Security Council Staff to the President’s Assistant for National Security Affairs (Kissinger), Washington, January 16, 1970. , Washington, January 16, 1970

      Responding to Ambassador McBride’s recommendation for a tripartite meeting (Canada, Mexico, and the United States), Sonnenfeldt listed several factors running against that suggestion.

      Source: National Archives, Nixon Presidential Materials, NSC Files, Box 787, Country Files, Latin America, Mexico, Vol. II, January 1, 1970–December 31, 1971. Confidential. Sent for information. A copy was sent to Vaky. A stamped notation on the memorandum indicates that Kissinger saw it on January 21. Vaky’s January 14 memorandum to Kissinger summarized this cable and asked if Kissinger wanted to draft a recommendation to the President or ask for State’s recommendation. Kissinger chose the latter option on January 21. (Ibid.)


    • 613. Memorandum From Secretary of State Rogers to President Nixon, Washington, January 16, 1970. , Washington, January 16, 1970

      Secretary of State Rogers informed President Nixon that there was public and Congressional acceptance for the deferral of the Hickenlooper Amendments to Peru and recommended that Export-Import Bank policy regarding U.S. commercial endeavors in Peru remain unchanged.

      Source: National Archives, RG 59, Central Files 1970–73, POL 1 PERU–US. Confidential. Drafted on January 12 by Crimmins and Stedman. The January 7 comprehensive review is attached to a memorandum from AID General Counsel Stephen Ives to Poats, January 7 (Washington National Records Center, EXSEC, Office of the Administrator, 1968–1973: FRC 75 A 013, Chron FY 79, January 2–14, 1970). The Peterson Report set forth a new approach to U.S. foreign assistance, clearly delineating the different aspects of U.S. assistance policy, and advocating setting up new institutions to implement the new policy. See Foreign Relations, 1969–1976, volume IV, Foreign Assistance, International Development, Trade Policies, 1969–1972, Document 128.

  • 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-2793 Photographer: Kightlinger, Jack | Color or B&W: B&W

    • Frame(s): WHPO-2793-02-10, Pat Nixon meeting with Girl Scouts to present a Girl Scouts Association Award. 1/16/1970, Washington, D.C. White House. Pat Nixon, Girl Scouts and troop leaders.

    Roll WHPO-2794 Photographer: Kightlinger, Jack | Color or B&W: B&W

    • Frame(s): WHPO-2794-01-09, Girl Scout Plaque. 1/16/1970, Washington, D.C. White House. None.

    Roll WHPO-2795 Photographer: Kightlinger, Jack | Color or B&W: Color

    • Frame(s): WHPO-2795-02-13, Preparations for dinner in honor of William McChesney Martin, Jr. 1/16/1970, Washington, D.C. White House. unidentified.
  • 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-055
      Press conference with Prime Minister Holyoake-Auckland, New Zealand. (1/16/1970)

      Runtime: 7:19

      Original Format: 1/4-inch reel-to-reel audiotape. Original source type: Original.
    • WHCA-SR-B-056
      Remarks during toast at state dinner-Auckland, New Zealand. (1/16/1970)

      Runtime: 15:40

      Original Format: 1/4-inch reel-to-reel audiotape. Original source type: Original.
    • WHCA-SR-B-209
      Press conference/Prime Minister Holyoake of New Zealand. (1/16/1970)

      Runtime: 5:00

      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-3598
      Weekly News Summary - Excerpts. 1/12/1970 to 1/16/1970.
      All networks
      Runtime: 00:16:37

      8. Report on Inflation. Time Code Start: 14:00. Keywords: economy, economics, budgets, finances, recession, inflation, money, wages, costs, unemployment, prices, reports. Network: ABC.

Context (External Sources)