“In Event of Moon Disaster”, July 18, 1969.
White House speechwriter, William Safire, was asked to write a speech that President Nixon would make in case the Apollo 11 astronauts were stranded on the Moon.
It was never delivered, and this speech was quietly tucked away into Nixon’s records.
Source: Nixon Library
This is so fascinating. I wonder what other speeches were written where the course of events rendered them useless and their anticipated significance was overruled by some other occurrence or outcome.