August 8, 1974 : Richard Nixon Resigns From Presidency
On this day in 1974, in a radio and television broadcast from the Oval Office, Richard Nixon announced that he was resigning as President of the United States. His decision arose from the near-certain threat of impeachment following the Watergate Scandal. Gerald Ford, his successor, granted him a full pardon, but over 70 others were convicted of crimes.
Photo: President Richard Nixon delivers remarks to the White House staff on his final day in office (Wikimedia Commons)
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