Watergate Timeline By Matt C Nov 5, 1968 Richard Nixon is elected President of the United States Richard Nixon is elected president, and so begins six years of a crooked administration Jul 23, 1970 The Beginning of Nixon's End Nixon starts a plan to extend the power of the FBI and CIA in domestic intelligence gathering. However, a few days later, he changes his mind. Jun 13, 1971 New York Times Publishes Classified Papers Daniel Elsburg, a Pentagon administrator, leaks highly classified papers about failed war policies in Vietnam. The New York Times published first, follwed by the Washington Post. Jun 17, 1972 The Watergate Break-in Five men are arrested at the Watergate hotel and office complex. They were arrested for burglary, and attempting to bug the National Democratic Party Headquarters. Jun 19, 1972 The GOP Denies Involvment A GOP security aid and a former CIA officer are among the burgalers. John Mitchell, a former attorney genreral and head of Nixon's re-election committee, denies any knowledge. Aug 1, 1972 Compensation A $25,000 cashiers check wound up in the bank account of one of the Watergate burgalers. It was supposed to be meant for the Nixon campaign. Oct 10, 1972 The FBI Investigation The FBI establishes that the Watergate incident was the result of a campaign headed by the Nixon administration aimed towards political espionage and sabotage of the Democratic party. Nov 7, 1972 Nixon Wins Re-election May 18, 1973 The Hearings Begin The Senate Watergate Committee begins its nationally televised hearings on the incident. Archibald Cox is chosen as the Special Prosecutor. Jun 3, 1973 Confession John Dean confesses that he talked about the Watergate cover up at least 35 times with Nixon. Jul 23, 1973 Nixon Refuses Nixon refuses to turn over the White House tapes to the Senate Committee or the prosecutor. Oct 20, 1973 Fire, Fire, Fire Nixon fires Attorney General Elliot Thomson, after Thompson refuses to fire Archibald Cox. Nixon then hires Borck, who fires Cox, and removes the office of Special Prosecutor. Jul 24, 1974 The Court Rules The Supreme Court rules that Nixon must turn over all of the White House tapes, thus over ruling Nixon's executive power. Jul 27, 1974 Nixon's Fall The House Judiciary Committee begins the impeachment process. Aug 8, 1974 The New President Richard Nixon resigns as President of the United States. He is replaced by his Vice President, Gerald Ford, who was a Congressman before being Vice President. Ford then pardons Nixon.