On this day in history, Ford pardons Nixon , September 8, 1974

Revisiting Watergate
Revisiting Watergate

On September 8 in 1974, President Gerald Ford gave Richard Nixon an unconditional pardon. Ford was appointed as President after Nixon resigned for his participation in the Watergate scandal during his time in office.

Other Events on September 8:
1664: The Dutch surrendered New Amsterdam to the British. The region became known as New York.
1966: The television show, "Star Trek," premiered on NBC.
1986: "The Oprah Winfrey Show" was nationally broadcast for the first time.
2002: Pete Sampras won the US Open Tennis Championship in New York City.
2013: Israel launched it's Iron Dome defense system in anticipation of missiles from neighboring regions.