Nixon’s State Dinner at The Del

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President Richard Nixon and other attendees sitting at the table during the State Dinner at the Del c. Sep 3, 1970

September 3, 1970 — Nixon's State Dinner at The Del

On September 3, 1970, President Richard Nixon hosted the first state dinner held outside of the White House at Hotel del Coronado. The gala dinner took place in the Crown Room for Mexico's President Gustavo Diaz Ordaz. Among the 1,000 people in attendance at the event were former President and Mrs. Lyndon Johnson, California Governor and Mrs. Ronald Reagan, Frank Sinatra and John Wayne.