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The White House did issue a White Paper on the growing controversy surrounding contributions to the Nixon re-election campaign from The Dairymen’s Association and International Telephone & Telegraph amid allegations the funds were, in essence, buying influence from the Nixon White House.
In an effort to put a lid on things, the White House went on to add the White Paper just released would be the last regarding Watergate-related matters for the foreseeable future.
In other news: Economic indicators saw a climb in Wholesale prices, which didn’t bode well for food and gas prices.
Speaking of oil, the government auction of 5,000 acres of land in Western Colorado for Shale Oil drilling fetched an unprecedented $840 million from 8 Oil companies interested in what was termed “a new alternative to Foreign Oil”.
Sweden became the first Western nation to begin gas rationing.
Gold rose to $130 an ounce.
With all the Watergate-related talk, The Ervin (Watergate) Commission was considering a recommendation of placing a one-term limit on the Presidency.
The Wounded Knee Trial began on this day.
And all eyes were skyward over Comet Kohoutek, slated to make an appearance in the next several days.
All that, and a lot more for this January 8, 1974 as reported on The NBC Nightly News.
- Watergate scandal: secret files released | World news | guardian.co.uk (2012indyinfo.com)
- Four Decades After Break-In, Watergate Investigator Talks About his Role (legaltimes.typepad.com)
- Watergate scandal: secret files released (guardian.co.uk)
- Happy birthday, Tricky Dick (politico.com)
- Richard Nixon’s dark side has obscured his greatness (telegraph.co.uk)
- Industry influence in universities’ shale gas research eyed (triblive.com)