Walk the Line with Johnny Cash and June Carter
Johnny and June dropped by the Oval Office for a visit with President Ford on November 21, 1975.
Cash had been scheduled to appear at the White House the previous month during a state dinner for Egyptian President Anwar Sadat who was a fan of country western music. An illness prevented him from performing at the last minute, however.
Johnny Cash had also been among the thousands of Americans who wrote to President Ford after he pardoned Richard Nixon in September 1974. “June and I support you and your decisions concerning pardons and Amnesty,” he wrote. “We are much pleased to see that you are praying for guidance and wisdom, for that is our daily prayer for you.”
-from the Ford Library
President Ford Appoints Donald Rumsfeld Chief of Staff
President Ford announced that he would appoint Donald Rumsfeld as his Chief of Staff on September 24, 1974. Rumsfeld coordinated White House operations until October 1975 when he was named Secretary of Defense.
Read the press release on his appointment
Pictured: President Ford and Chief of Staff Donald Rumsfeld in the Oval Office on September 29, 1974.
-from the Ford Library
Did you know JFK had a formal White House visit with a troll? It’s true! Pictured, President Kennedy meets pilot Betty Miller (who completed the first solo flight by a woman across the Pacific Ocean) and “Dammit,” the troll doll who joined her for the trip!
Mrs. Miller received the Federal Aviation Agency’s Decoration for Exceptional Service from the Administrator of the Federal Aviation Agency, Najeeb Halaby (right). (Credit: Abbie Rowe/JFK Library)
The Clinton family’s White House pets, Socks and Buddy, get a well-deserved close up on BuzzFeed. So cool that they found all 30 photos from the Clinton Presidential Library on the U.S. National Archives online catalog!
Photos: Socks the Cat sitting behind the President’s desk in the Oval Office. 1/7/94; Buddy the Dog and Socks the Cat in the Outer Oval Office, 1/5/98.
On May 22, 1975, President Ford nominated Daniel Patrick Moynihan to be U.S. Representative to the United Nations.
Moynihan, who previously served as Ambassador to India, was sworn into his new position on June 30.
Here, the two meet in the Oval Office on November 24, 1975.
This Saturday, The National Archives and its Presidential Libraries will be at the National Air and Space Museum’s annual Space Day.
We’ll be hosting activities including:
- A Mission Checklist hunt for Apollo-related items at the National Archives and the Air and Space Museum in Washington, D.C.
- A Presidential Pop Quiz on U.S. Presidents and the Space Program.
Want a head start on your Mission Checklist? These Moon Tongs were used by Apollo mission astronauts to collect lunar samples.
The tongs are from the holdings of the Nixon Presidential Library and can be seen for a limited time in the “Nixon and the U.S. Space Program” display at the National Archives in D.C.
Close-up view of a set of tongs, an Apollo Lunar Hand Tool, being used by Astronaut Charles Conrad Jr., to pick up lunar samples during the Apollo XII mission, November 19, 1969. Photo courtesy of NASA.
This set of tongs was used to collect lunar samples from the “Ocean of Storms,” the largest dark spot on the Moon’s surface, during the Apollo XII mission. It was presented to President Nixon by astronauts Charles Conrad, Jr., Richard Gordon, Jr., and Alan Bean.