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Richard Nixon and Henry Starling

Richard Milhous Nixon was a 20th century Human politician who served as President of the United States. His wife was Pat Nixon.

At some point during his time in office, he greeted computer revolutionary Henry Starling, as well as successfully opening the door to China, becoming the first United States President to visit the Communist nation. (VOY: "Future's End"; Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country)

He was central in the Watergate scandal, one of the events that Q considered to have made life on Earth in the past more interesting than in the 24th century. (DS9: "Q-Less")

An image of Richard Nixon in China as the timeline reset itself

In 2154, upon return from an alternate version of 1944, Starfleet Captain Jonathan Archer was shown the timeline resetting by a temporal agent named Daniels. Images of President Nixon could be seen as the timeline reset itself. (ENT: "Storm Front, Part II")

In 2293, Captain Spock "vouched" to volunteer James T. Kirk as a symbolic olive branch to the Klingons. At the time, he referred to a supposedly old Vulcan proverb that stated "Only Nixon could go to China." (Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country)


Background information

According to the Star Trek Encyclopedia (4th ed., vol. 2, p. 84), Richard Nixon was the 37th president of the United States. Furthermore, the birth and death years of Richard Nixon were 1913 and 1994, respectively. Lastly, Nixon met Starling in 1970.

The original photograph of Nixon, found in the US National Archives, depicted him standing next to Elvis Presley, however, for the photograph's appearance in "Future's End", Ed Begley, Jr. as Starling, was superimposed over that of Elvis' body. [1]

Ron D. Moore once joked that one of the ships that cleaned out waste extraction from Deep Space 9 on a weekly basis was called the Nixon. (AOL chat, 1997)

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