Forty years ago today five men broke into the Democratic National Committee headquarters at the Watergate office complex in Washington, D.C. The scandal and attempted coverup by President Richard M. Nixon led to his resignation two years later. Disgraced, he was the only president in U.S. history to resign from office.
Watergate shattered my previously naïve, idealistic view of the U.S. presidency and the men who hold that office. I learned that even the President of the United States can and will engage in criminal activities and will lie repeatedly to the entire nation to save himself. My disillusionment was profound. And long overdue.
- one presidential resignation
- one vice-presidential resignation – although Agnew’s crimes were unrelated to Watergate
- 40 government officials indicted or jailed
- H.R. Haldeman and John Erlichman (White House staff), resigned 30 April 1973, subsequently jailed
- John Dean (White House legal counsel), sacked 30 April 1973, subsequently jailed
- John Mitchell, Attorney-General and Chairman of the Committee to Re-elect the President (CREEP), jailed
- Howard Hunt and G. Gordon Liddy (ex-White House staff), planned the Watergate break-in, both jailed
- Charles Colson, special counsel to the President, jailed
- James McCord (Security Director of CREEP), jailed
More on Watergate
- What ifs abound as scandal is recalled – Worcester Telegram (telegram.com)
- Watergate Turns 40 (radio.foxnews.com)
- Five media myths of Watergate (bbc.co.uk)
- Viewpoints: 40 years ago, Nixon left historic black mark (sacbee.com)