Nixon’s State Dinner at The Del
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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 dinner took place in the Crown Room for Mexico's President Gustavo Diaz Ordaz. Among the 1,000 people in attendance were former President and Mrs. Lyndon Johnson, California Governor and Mrs. Ronald Reagan, Frank Sinatra and John Wayne.