watergate scandal

Timeline created by Erickgreiner
  • November 1968

    November 1968
    Richard Milhous Nixon becomes the 37th President of the United States
  • Domestic Intelligence-gathering plan

    Nixon approves Domestic Intelligence-gathering plan, rescinds approval days later
  • Pentagon Papers

    Pentagon Papers
    The New York Times begins publishing the Pentagon Papers - the Defense Department's secret history of the Vietnam War.
  • ''Plumbers'' unit

    The White House's ''Plumbers'' unit, burglarizes a psychiatrist's office to find files on Daniel Ellsberg (former defense analyst who leaked the pentagon paper).
  • Watergate Hotel

    Five men, one of whom says 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
  • Cashiers Check

    A $25,000 cashier's check, apparently earmarked for the Nixon campaign, wound up in the bank account of a watergate burglar.
  • 38th President Elected

    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.
  • Watergate Conviction

    Former Nixon aides G. Gordon Liddy and James W. McCord Jr. are convicted of conspiracy, burglary and wiretapping in the Watergate incident.
  • Saturday Night Massacre

    Nixon fires Archibald Cox and abolishes the office of the special prosecutor. Attorney General Richardson and Deputy Attorney General William D. Ruckelshaus resign. Pressure for impeachment mounts in Congress.
  • Transcripts of Nixon tapes

    The White House releases more than 1,200 pages of edited transcripts of the Nixon tapes to the House Judiciary Committee, but the committee insists that the tapes themselves must be turned over.
  • Richard 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.