President Nixon resigns on This Day in History, August 8th, 1974

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This Day In History: 08/08/1974 - Nixon Resigns

Today marks the 40th anniversary of President Richard Nixon's resignation. The 1974 announcement came amidst the Watergate scandal and pressure for impeachment. The event marked the first time an American President resigned before the end of term.

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President Nixon resigns on This Day in History, August 8th, 1974
Republican presidential nominee Richard Nixon plays a rendition of "Deep in the Heart of Texas" at the piano in Miami, Fla., Friday, Aug. 9, 1968. Nixon will visit the LBJ ranch in Texas on Saturday to be briefed by the president.
FILE--Named in Watergate affair are from left to right: G. Gordon Liddy, White House Counsel John W. Dean III, Former Attorney General John N. Mitchell, and Former Deputy Canpaign Manager for Nixon's Re-election Jeb Stuart Magruder. (AP PHOTO)
This combination of two images of notes provided by the National Archives and Records Administration shows two pages of notes written by President Richard Nixon's chief of staff H.R. Haldeman from a June 20, 1972, meeting with Nixon, that will undergo forensic analysis at the National Archives to see if they hold clues to one of the Watergate scandal's enduring mysteries. Researchers hope to learn what Nixon said during the infamous 18 1/2-minute gap in a tape recording of his meeting with Haldeman that day. Electrostatic detection analysis and other tools can find indented images, such as those left on a sheet of paper when a pen has written on a sheet above it. This might show evidence that certain pages were destroyed and even point to words long lost to history. (AP Photo/Courtesy of the National Archives and Records Administration)
** FILE ** In this 1973 file photo, Rose Mary Woods, President Richard Nixon's secretary at her White House desk, demonstrates the "Rose Mary Stretch" which could have resulted in the erasure of part of the Watergate tapes. Every year the National Security Archive, a private group at The George Washington University that publishes declassifed government documents and files large numbers of FOIA requests, gives an award to the federal agency with the worst Freedom of Information Act performance. Named the Rosemary Award, after Woods, the fifth annual award has been "won" by the FBI. (AP Photo/File)
President Richard M. Nixon is seen on a television monitor during a ceremony in Yorba Linda, Calif., Wednesday, July 11, 2007, where the previously privately operated library was officially handed over the to National Archives. The facility will be referred to as the Nixon Presidential Library & Museum. (AP Photo/Nick Ut)
Former Vice President Richard Nixon announced February 1, 1968, in an open letter to the citizens of New Hampshire that he would be a candidate for the Republican Presidential nomination. This picture was released by Nixon's headquarters with the announcement of his candidacy. (AP Photo/Nixon Campaign, Fabian Bachrach)
Richard Nixon is shown in an undated photo at Whittier College, center, standing, as a member of the second string football team. He was not a letter winner. He was known as "the most spirited bench warmer on the team." (AP Photo)
Richard Nixon is shown in an undated photo at Whittier College as a member of the second string football team. He was not a letter winner. He was known as "the most spirited bench warmer on the team." (AP Photo)
Richard Nixon as a teen-ager in Whittier, California. (AP Photo)
In this April 2, 1973 photo, President Richard Nixon and South Vietnamese President Nguyen Van Thieu are in profile as they listen to national anthems during arrival ceremonies for Thieu at the Western White House in San Clemente, Calif. As the last U.S. combat troops left Vietnam 40 years ago, angry protesters still awaited them at home. North Vietnamese soldiers took heart from their foes' departure, and South Vietnamese who had helped the Americans feared for the future. While the fall of Saigon two years later — with its indelible images of frantic helicopter evacuations — is remembered as the final day of the Vietnam War, Friday marks an anniversary that holds greater meaning for many who fought, protested or otherwise lived it. (AP Photo)
Richard M. Nixon is seen as a freshman at Duke Law School, Durham, N.C., 1934. (AP Photo)
Richard M. Nixon, in the back row, right, is seen with his classmates at Duke University Law School, Durham, N.C., 1937. (AP Photo)
Vice President Richard Nixon holds a baby refugee in Andau, Austria, 1956. (AP photos)
Vice President Richard Nixon and wife together at Eisenhower suite at Blackstone Hotel in Chicago in July 1960. (AP Photo)
Republican presidential nominee Richard M. Nixon entices two youthful hula dancers with a souvenir Nixon ballpoint pen after the children performed dances for him at the Royal Hawaiian Hotel in Honolulu on August 3, where he is staying during his two-day campaign in Hawaii. The girls are an example of Hawaii's multi-racial citizenry. The girl at right is Chinese. Nixon will begin a gruelling one-day tour of the other three major islands. Year not provided. (AP Photo)
President Richar Nixon with soldiers during his visit in South Vietnam, July 1969. Nixon mingled with the U.S. First Infantry Division at their headquarters at Di An. (AP Photo)
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