Watergate scandal By ritaney2 Jun 13, 1972 Watergate Scandal this began with a break in at the democratic national committee offices in the Watergate complex in Washington. Oct 10, 1972 Nixon reelection effort FBI agents establish that the Watergate break-in stems from a massive campaign of political spying and sabotage conducted on behalf of the Nixon reelection effort. Jun 13, 1973 plans to burglarize Watergate prosecutes found a memo addressed to john ehrlichman describing in detail the plans to burglarize the office of pentagon papers. Jul 23, 1973 Nixon refuses Nixon refuses to turn over the presidential tape recordings to the senate Watergate committee or the special prosecutor. Oct 20, 1973 Saturday night massacre Nixon fires Archibald cox and abolishes the office of the special prosecutor. Pressure for impeachment mounts in congress Apr 30, 1974 Release 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. Aug 8, 1974 Nixon resigns Nixon becomes the first U.s president to resign. Vice president Gerald R. Ford assumes the country highest office.