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this day in the yesteryear: Richard Nixon Resigns as US President (1974)


Richard Nixon Resigns as US President (1974)

In June 1972, five burglars were arrested after breaking into the Democratic Party’s national headquarters at the Watergate Hotel complex in Washington, DC. The motive for the break-in remains unknown. Richard Nixon and his aides denied involvement in the scandal, but their cover-up unraveled, and Nixon resigned in order to avoid facing impeachment. His successor, Gerald Ford, issued him a pardon for any crimes he may have committed as president. What was the “Saturday Night Massacre“? More… Discuss

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today’s birthday: Katharine Graham (1917)


Katharine Graham (1917)

Graham was publisher of The Washington Post from 1963 to 1979 and was at the helm when the paper played an integral role in breaking the Watergate scandal that led to US President Richard Nixon‘s resignation. One of the first women in the US to head a prestigious national newspaper, Graham had few female role models. She became a trailblazer for women in journalism and won a Pulitzer Prize for her autobiography, Personal History. How did she come to head up the Post? More…

This Day in the Yesteryear: US VICE PRESIDENT SPIRO AGNEW RESIGNS (1973)


 

US Vice President Spiro Agnew Resigns (1973)

After being investigated for extortion and bribery allegedly committed while he was governor of Maryland, Agnew pleaded no contest to a charge of tax evasion and became the second US vice president to resign. President Richard Nixon then selected House Minority Leader Gerald Ford to replace Agnew. The following year, Nixon himself was forced to resign for his role in the Watergate scandal, making Ford president. Agnew’s portrait was removed from the Maryland State House in 1979. Who put it back? More… Discuss