January 1, 1973
The new year starts on a bright note with temperatures reaching the 60s in Washington.
A harbinger of what was to come: the night before baseball star Roberto Clemente's plane ditched in the ocean as he was flying to give relief to earthquake victims in Nicaragua.
Roberto Clemente's plane crashed on the evening of December 31, 1972. Nixon was told about it by his appointments secretary Steve Bull on the morning of January 1, 1973.