- Yesterday marked the day that Richard Nixon stepped down as President of the United States, forty-two years ago.
- After the Watergate scandal, it didn't take long for the President to realize his time had come.
- Yet, he showed great courage and humility by admitting his wrongs and letting someone else take the reigns.
Yesterday marked a very historic day for our country. August 8th, 1974 was the day that Richard Nixon resigned from the Presidency, in light of the Watergate scandal.
Forty-two years ago, we said goodbye to a President, who was proven to be guilty in a massive scandal.
When Nixon resigned it was a massive televised event. He announced his resignation and said that the Vice President, Gerald Ford, would be sworn in as active President the following day at noon.
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The scandal itself began on June 17th, 1972, after five men broke into the Democratic National Convention headquarters at the Watergate office in Washington, D.C. Of course, in the beginning, Nixon, and his administration denied any involvement in the break-in and quickly tried to cover up the incident. Yet, Washington Post reporters Carl Bernstein and Bob Woodward discovered the truth. One of the five men that were arrested was on the payroll of Nixon's reelection committee.
To end his famous speech, Nixon said, “To have served in this office is to have felt a very personal sense of kinship with each and every American. In leaving it, I do so with this prayer: May God’s grace be with you in all the days ahead.”
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