Tuesday January 7, 1969- the headlines for the day–
- On this day the salary of the office of the President of the United States which had been $100,000 a year since 1949- doubled to $200,000 a year. The incoming President Richard Milhous Nixon POTUS #37 would become the first to earn the increased salary. The presidents salary would remain at $200,000 a year until President George Dubya Bush took office in 2001 when it increased to the current $400,000. The only president of recent times who really needed this salary was Harry Truman- who being an honest man never profited from his years in government. The Truman’s were counting their pennies when they were in the White House and afterwards depended on the presidential pension which started in 1958.
- In a courtroom in Los Angeles, California the trial began in the case of Sirhan B. Sirhan for the June 5th, 1968 murder of Presidential candidate Robert F. Kennedy. Sirhan’s lawyers are Grant Cooper, Russell Parsons, Emile Berman and Michael McCowan. The Chief prosecutors in the case are-Lynn Compton, John Howard and David Fitts. The judge in the case is Herbert V. Walker.