Watergate scandal

  • Watergate Scandal

    this began with a break in at the democratic national committee offices in the Watergate complex in Washington.
  • 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.
  • plans to burglarize

    Watergate prosecutes found a memo addressed to john ehrlichman describing in detail the plans to burglarize the office of pentagon papers.
  • Nixon refuses

    Nixon refuses to turn over the presidential tape recordings to the senate Watergate committee or the special prosecutor.
  • Saturday night massacre

    Nixon fires Archibald cox and abolishes the office of the special prosecutor. Pressure for impeachment mounts in congress
  • 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.
  • Nixon resigns

    Nixon becomes the first U.s president to resign. Vice president Gerald R. Ford assumes the country highest office.