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The 40th Anniversary of Richard Nixon’s Resignation in Pictures

From the Watergate break-in to Nixon’s departure from the White House lawn.

Aug. 8, 2014, 8:31 a.m.

On Au­gust 9, 1974, Richard M. Nix­on resigned the pres­id­ency of the United States after what has be­come known as the Wa­ter­gate scan­dal. In June of 1972, five men were ar­res­ted dur­ing a break-in at the Demo­crat­ic Na­tion­al Com­mit­tee’s of­fices in the Wa­ter­gate com­plex. The sub­sequent cov­er-up ef­forts, with par­ti­cip­a­tion by Pres­id­ent Nix­on, even­tu­ally led to his resig­na­tion. 

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