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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. 

President Richard Nixon announcing during a press conference the entry of American soldiers in Cambodia. Richard Nixon was elected in 1968 and re-elected in 1972 but had to resign in August 1974 after the Watergate scandal.  AFP/Getty Images
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G. Gordon Liddy, former assistant to former U.S. President Richard Nixon, stands in front of the Watergate office complex 17 June 1992. Liddy, who has a daily radio talk show, broadcasted live from the site to mark the 20th anniversary of the Watergate break-in. Liddy was a key collaborator in the break-in and served a five-year prison sentence for his role in the crime.  AFP/Getty Images
A reporter (R) confers with a man in the shadows next to column 32 on D floor of the garage at 1401 Wilson Blvd 01 July 2005 in Rosslyn, VA, where Washington Post reporter Bob Woodward had his clandestine meetings with former FBI official Mark Felt, otherwise know as "Deep Throat", the secret source in the Watergate scandal that brought down the presidency of Richard M. Nixon in 1974. Following the sudden revelation of Deep Throat's identity in April 2005, Woodward, now an assistant managing editor at the Post, has authored a new book, "The Secret Man", slated for release 06 July 2005.  AFP/Getty Images
Former FBI official W. Mark Felt waves to reporters with his daughter Joan Felt May 31, 2005 in Santa Rosa, California. An article written in Vanity Fair magazine claims that Felt was ?Deep Throat,? the long-anonymous source who leaked secrets about President Nixon?s Watergate cover-up to The Washington Post in the early 1970's. Getty Images
Washington Post reporters Carl Bernstein (L) and Bob Woodward speak to members of the media from the steps of Woodward's house June 1, 2005 in the Georgetown neighborhood of Washington, DC. After 30 years of secrecy Woodward and Bernstein have confirmed former FBI Deputy Director Mark Felt was the "Deep Throat" source who helped unravel the Watergate scandal and bring down President Richard Nixon. Getty Images
John Erlichman president Richard Nixon's domestic affairs adviser was forced to resign from his post over the scandal in 1973 and was convicted two years later for obstruction of justice, conspiracy and perjury in connection with efforts to cover up the burglary of the Democratic National committee offices at the Watergate complex in Washington. AFP/Getty Images
Reporters swarm Republican congressional leaders at the White House after their meeting with President Nixon on the afternoon of August 7, 1974. They told Nixon if he didn't resign he would be impeached by the House, convicted by the Senate and removed from office. L-R: Sen. Hugh Scott (R-Pa.), Senate minority leader Barry Goldwater, (R-Ariz.) and House minority leader Rep. John Rhodes (R-Ariz.).   National Journal
Republican president of the United States Richard Nixon thumbing up after announcing his resignation from the presidency after the Watergate scandal on August 9, 1974. Richard Nixon had been elected in 1968 and re-elected in 1972. AFP/Getty Images
President Gerald Ford announces the pardon or former president Richard Nixon from charges stemming from the Watergate scandal and cover-up.  National Journal
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