August 9, 2009

On This Day ... A Sad Day in American History

August 9, 1974

Richard Nixon Resigns as US President

Faced with widespread evidence of political espionage and other illegal activities on the part of his administration, President Nixon resigned in order to avoid facing impeachment. Nixon's successor, Gerald Ford, immediately issued him a pardon for any crimes he may have committed as president. In addition to the governmental upheaval that resulted from the Watergate Affair, the scandal provoked widespread loss of confidence in public officials.