July 16, 1969


This almanac page for Wednesday, July 16, 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 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.

    Appointments and Nominations


    • Apollo 11 (5 Weekly Comp. Pres. Doc. 997, July 16, 1969)
      Proclamation 3919 Designating July 21 as a National Day of Participation.

    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 hosted a dinner for members of the Executive Committee of the Republican Governors Conference.
  • 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.

  • 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.

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

    International Monetary Policy, 1969-1972

    • 133. Volcker Group Paper , Washington, July 16, 1969

      Source: Washington National Records Center, Department of the Treasury, Volcker Group Masters: FRC 56 86 30, VG/WG II/69-14-VG/WG II/69-35. Confidential. The paper is marked “Willis Draft.” VG/WG II/69-24 was circulated to members of the Volcker Group and Working Group II under cover of a July 17 memorandum from Willis indicating the draft paper would be discussed at a 4:30 p.m. meeting of the Group that day, prior to the meeting of the G-10 Deputies in Paris July 23-24.

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

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

    • 27. Memorandum From the President’s Assistant for National Security Affairs (Kissinger) to President Nixon, Washington, July 16, 1969

      Kissinger analyzed a political crisis for Indian Prime Minister Gandhi and the possible effect on Nixon’s impending visit to India.

      Source: National Archives, Nixon Presidential Materials, NSC Files, Box 595, Country Files, Middle East, India, Vol. I, Jan 69–Sept 69. Secret. A notation on the memorandum indicates the President saw it. The Embassy in New Delhi reported on the political crisis on July 15 in telegram 10025, and on July 16 in telegram 10082 (both ibid., RG 59, Central Files 1967–69, POL 12 INDIA) On July 19 Gandhi’s government issued an ordinance nationalizing 14 of the country’s largest banks. The Embassy commented: “By boldness and swiftness of her move on July 19 to nationalize leading banks, Prime Minister Gandhi has achieved leadership of Congress Party and confounded her powerful opponents within that party.” (Telegram 10333 from New Delhi, July 21; ibid.)

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

    Soccer War

    • 645. Memorandum From Viron P. Vaky of the National Security Council Staff to the President’s Assistant for National Security Affairs (Kissinger), Washington, July 16, 1969. , Washington, July 16, 1969

      National Security Council staff member Vaky informed President’s Assistant for National Security Affairs Kissinger that the situation appeared to be deteriorating and observed that if El Salvador refused to agree to a ceasefire, then the OAS would likely condemn them as aggressors under the Rio Treaty.

      Source: National Archives, Nixon Presidential Materials, NSC Files, Box 786, Country Files, Latin America, Honduras–El Salvador Dispute. Secret. Sent for action. A note on the memorandum indicates, “OBE 7–18–69 Return to Vaky.” Attached but not published is the proposed memorandum from Kissinger to Nixon to the President. In telegram 117566 to San Salvador, July 16, the Department of State instructed the Embassy to call upon the Salvadoran Government “to issue immediate orders for a cease-fire on all fronts.” (Ibid., RG 59, Central Files 1967–69, POL EL SALV–HOND) In a July 17 memorandum to Nixon, Kissinger reported that both countries had, in principle, accepted the OAS ceasefire proposal. (Ibid., Nixon Presidential Materials, NSC Files, Box 786, Country Files, Latin America, Honduras–Salvador Dispute)

  • 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-1558 Photographer: Atkins, Oliver | Color or B&W: B&W

    • Frame(s): WHPO-1558-01-05, President Nixon and NASA astronaut Col. Frank Borman at the White House, watching a television broadcast of the Apollo 11 moon shot liftoff. 7/16/1969, Washington, D.C. White House. President Nixon, Col. Frank Borman.

    Roll WHPO-1559 Photographer: Schumacher, Karl | Color or B&W: B&W

    • Frame(s): WHPO-1559-, Pat Nixon with 1969 Epilepsy Poster Girl Dawn Martin. 7/16/1969, Washington, D.C. White House room. Pat Nixon, Dawn Martin, unidentified persons.
    • Frame(s): WHPO-1559-10A, Pat Nixon with 1969 Epilepsy Poster Girl Dawn Martin. 7/16/1969, Washington, D.C. White House room. Pat Nixon, Dawn Martin.

    Roll WHPO-1560 Photographer: Atkins, Oliver | Color or B&W: Color

    • Frame(s): WHPO-1560-01-11, White House barber cutting a young boy's hair. 7/16/1969, Washington, D.C. White House barber shop. Ben Warren, White House barber (Steve Martini?).
    • Frame(s): WHPO-1560-12-14, Unidentified young woman holding a baby. 7/16/1969, Washington, D.C. unknown. unidentified woman and baby.
  • 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-016
      Interview with Agnew by ABC correspondent Bill Lawrence-JFK Space Center. (7/16/1969)

      Runtime: 8:44

      Original Format: 1/4-inch reel-to-reel audiotape. Original source type: Original.
    • WHCA-SR-B-017
      Interview with Agnew by CBS correspondent Walter Cronkite-JFK Space Center. (7/16/1969)

      Runtime: 10:14

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

    P - Formal Presidential Remarks

    • WHCA-SR-P-690710
      President Nixon Proclamation of National Day of Participation 7/21 in honor of Apollo 11 mission. (7/16/1969, White House Retiring Room)

      Runtime: 0:03:43

      Keywords: NASA, National Aeronautics and Space Administration, space program, astronauts

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

      Original Format: 1/4-inch reel-to-reel audiotape. Original source type: Original.
    • WHCA-SR-P-690711
      Remarks by President Nixon at dinner for Executive Committee of Republican Govs. With Vice President Agnew, Rogers Morton, Reagan. (7/16/1969)

      Runtime: 4:55

      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-3372
      Apollo 11 Launch with Vice President Agnew's Interview and Address to NASA Workers.
      Runtime: 00:55:38

Context (External Sources)