Nixon's downfall By T3D_BE4R Jan 21, 1969 Nixon is Inaugurated Nixon is inaugurated as the 37th president of the United States. Jun 17, 1972 Five men Caught Five men, one of whom says he used to work for the CIA, are arrested at 2:30 a.m. trying to bug the offices of the Democratic National Committee at the Watergate hotel and office complex. Nov 7, 1972 Nixon Reelected Nixon is reelected in one of the largest landslides in American political history, taking more than 60 percent of the vote and crushing the Democratic nominee, Sen. George McGovern of South Dakota. Jan 30, 1973 Nixons aids Former Nixon aides G. Gordon Liddy and James W. McCord Jr. are convicted of conspiracy, burglary and wiretapping in the Watergate incident. Five other men plead guilty, but mysteries remain. Dec 7, 1973 Nixons tapes The White House can't explain an 18 ½-minute gap in one of the subpoenaed tapes. Chief of Staff Alexander Haig says one theory is that "some sinister force" erased the segment. Jun 27, 1974 Court against Nixon House Judiciary Committee passes the first of three articles of impeachment, charging obstruction of justice. Aug 8, 1974 Nixon Resigns Richard Nixon becomes the first U.S. president to resign. Vice President Gerald R. Ford assumes the country's highest office. He will later pardon Nixon of all charges related to the Watergate case.