January 31, 1971


This almanac page for Sunday, January 31, 1971, 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 St. John, Virgin Islands

  • 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.

    Digitized versions can be found at HathiTrust.

  • 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

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. XXXVI, Energy Crisis, 1969-1974

    March 10, 1970-April 2, 1971

  • 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-5564 Photographer: Schumacher, Karl | Color or B&W: B&W

    • Frame(s): WHPO-5564-, Vice President Agnew, his family, and aides at Cape Kennedy for the launch of Apollo 14 and returning to Washington by plane. 1/31/1971, Cape Kennedy, Florida NASA building, airport, airplane. Agnew, Judy Agnew, Agnew family members, aides, NASA officials.

    Roll WHPO-5565 Photographer: Schumacher, Karl | Color or B&W: B&W

    • Frame(s): WHPO-5565-, Vice President Agnew in Cape Kennedy to see the NASA facility prior to the launch of Apollo 14. 1/31/1971, Cape Kennedy, Florida plane, NASA facility. Agnew, Judy Agnew, Agnew family members, NASA officials, aides.

    Roll WHPO-5566 Photographer: Schumacher, Karl | Color or B&W: B&W

    • Frame(s): WHPO-5566-, Vice President Agnew, Henry Kissinger, and others in the bleachers for the launch of Apollo 14. 1/31/1971, Cape Kennedy, Florida bleachers. Agnew, Kissinger, invitees.
    • Frame(s): WHPO-5566-26A, Vice President Agnew, and unidentified people applaud while standing in the bleachers watching the liftoff launch of Apollo 14 (Apollo XIV). 1/31/1971, Cape Kennedy, Florida bleachers. Spiro Agnew, unidentified men, women and officials.

    Roll WHPO-5567 Photographer: Schumacher, Karl | Color or B&W: Color

    • Frame(s): WHPO-5567-02A-09A, Vice President Agnew and his family arriving at Cape Kennedy. 1/31/1971, Cape Kennedy, Florida airfield. Agnew, Judy Agnew, Agnew granddaughter, officials, invitees.
    • Frame(s): WHPO-5567-10A-11A, Crowd awaits the launch of Apollo 14. 1/31/1971, Cape Kennedy, Florida
    • Frame(s): WHPO-5567-12A-16A, Apollo 14 liftoff. 1/31/1971, Cape Kennedy, Florida

    Roll WHPO-5571 Photographer: Knudsen, Robert L. | Color or B&W: Color

    • Frame(s): WHPO-5571-, Press trip to St. Johns, Virgin Islands. 1/31/1971, U.S. Virgin Islands unidentified land locations, water. unidentified persons.

    Roll WHPO-5572 Photographer: Knudsen, Robert L. | Color or B&W: Color

    • Frame(s): WHPO-5572-, Press trip to St. Johns,Virgin Islands. 1/31/1971, U.S. Virgin Islands unidentified land locations, water. unidentified persons.
  • 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-4131
      "Deena Clark's Moment With..."; "Meet The Press" with guest Donald Rumsfeld.
      Runtime: 00:59:14
    • WHCA-4132
      "Face The Nation" with guest Sen. Robert Byrd.
      Runtime: 00:29:39
    • WHCA-4133
      Apollo 14 Preview. Moment: Arthur Burns; "MTP": Donald Rumsfeld.
      Runtime: 00:29:23
    • WHCA-4141
      Apollo 14 lift Off: Dub of Portion with V.P. Agnew. Senator Robert Byrd (D-WV).
      Runtime: 00:26:16
    • WHCA-4153
      Weekly News Summary, Tape I.
      Runtime: 1:00

      6. Brady/Newman: Laos and Cambodia. Time Code Start: 07:23. Keywords: Laos, Cambodia, Vietnam War. Network: NBC.

      7. Newman: Okinawa Prefecture. Time Code Start: 10:32. Keywords: Japanese, islands. Network: NBC.

      8. Mudd/Williams: Indochina. Time Code Start: 13:45. Keywords: Laos, Cambodia, Vietnam War. Network: CBS.

Context (External Sources)