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The presidential seal at his shoulder for the last time, President Richard M. Nixon left Washington for California on August 9, 1974. When he landed there, he would be just "Mr. Nixon." (UPI File Photo)

Nixon Resigns

On the evening of August 8, 1974, Richard Milhous Nixon announced that he would resign as the 37th President of the United States at noon the following day. Vice President Gerald R. Ford of Michigan would take the oath as the new President to complete the remaining years of Mr. Nixon's term.


Before the Fall: 1968-1972


End of a Presidency: 1973-74

Last Two Guilty in Watergate Plot: Jury Convicts Liddy, McCord in 90 Minutes; Ex-Aides of Nixon to Appeal (Jan. 31, 1973)

Still Secret - Who Hired Spies and Why (Jan. 31, 1973)

Nixon Pledges No Whitewash On Watergate (May 1, 1973)

3 Top Nixon Aides, Kleindienst Out; President Accepts Full Responsibility; Richardson Will Conduct New Probe (May 1, 1973)

Watergate: The Unfinished Business (May 1, 1973)

Haldeman, Intensely Loyal, Key to Access to Nixon (Post, May 1, 1973)

The First Day of Watergate: Not Exactly High Drama (Post, May 18, 1973)

Cox Is Chosen as Special Prosecutor: Democrat Served Under Kennedy as Solicitor General (Post, May 19, 1973)

Dean Alleges Nixon Knew of Cover-up Plan (Post, June 3, 1973)

Break-In Memo Sent to Ehrlichman (Post, June 13, 1973)

President Taped Talks, Phone Calls; Lawyer Ties Ehrlichman to Payments: Principal Offices Secretly Bugged Since Spring 1971 (Post, July 17, 1973)

Text of Letter From Nixon to Sam Ervin Rejecting a Request for Tapes (Post, July 24, 1973)

President Refuses to Turn Over Tapes; Ervin Committee, Cox Issue Subpoenas: Action Sets Stage for Court Battle on Powers Issue (Post, July 24, 1973)

Court Battle Set as Nixon Defies Subpoenas (Post, July 27, 1973)

Nixon Forces Firing of Cox; Richardson, Ruckelshaus Quit: President Abolishes Prosecutor's Office; FBI Seals Records (Post, Oct. 21, 1973)

Pressure for Impeachment Mounting (Post, Oct. 21, 1973)

Nixon Tells Editors, 'I'm Not a Crook' (Post, Nov. 18, 1973)

Another Tape Found Faulty, Sirica Is Told: Haldeman, Nixon Talk Is Involved (Post, Nov. 22, 1973)

Haig Tells of Theories on Erasure (Post, Dec. 7, 1973)

President Hands Over Transcripts: Initial Reaction on Hill Divided Along Party Lines (Post, May 1, 1974)

Nixon Debated Paying Blackmail, Clemency: 'Keep Cap on Bottle' (Post, May 1, 1974)

Court Orders Nixon to Yield Tapes; President Promises to Comply Fully: Justices Reject Privilege Claim in 8-to-0 Ruling (Post, July 25, 1974)

Judiciary Committee Approves Article to Impeach President Nixon, 27 to 11: 6 Republicans Join Democrats to Pass Obstruction Charge (Post, July 28, 1974)

Nixon Resigns: Justices Reject Privilege Claim in 8-to-0 Ruling (Post, August 9, 1974)


After the Fall: 1975-Present

John N. Mitchell, Principal in Watergate, Dies at 75 (Post, Nov. 10, 1988)

Journalism's Finest 2 Hours and 16 Minutes (Post, June 14, 1992)

Watergate: The Biggest Story - And the Most Intense Moment of Our Lives (Post, June 14, 1992)

Watergate Revisited: 20 Years After the Break-in, the Story Continues to Unfold (Post, June 14, 1992)

A Watergate Mystery in Its Own Right (Post, June 17, 1992)

John Sirica, Watergate Judge, Dies (Post, Aug. 15, 1992)

H.R. Haldeman Dies: Was Nixon Chief of Staff; Watergate Role Led to 18 Months in Prison (Post, Nov. 13, 1993)

Richard M. Nixon, 37th President, Dies: Funeral Scheduled for Wednesday in California for Only Chief Executive Forced From Office (Post, April 23, 1994)

Buchanan Outlined Plan to Harass Democrats in '72, Memo Shows (Post, March 4, 1996)

The Watergate Watershed: A Turning Point for a Nation and a Newspaper (Post, Jan. 28, 1997)

Behind the Statesman, A Reel Nixon Endures (Post, June 17, 1997)

For Subjects of Tapes, the Voice of History (Post, June 17, 1997)

Nixon Lawyers Battle For Return of `Private' Segments of His Tapes (Post, July 7, 1997)

Watergate Libel Suit Settled (Post, July 23, 1997)

Nixon's Fateful Reversal (Post, Oct. 30, 1997)

U.S. Argues Against Return Of Excerpts of Nixon Tapes (Post, Dec. 2, 1997)

Nixon Papers Portray Fear Of News Plot (Post, March 19, 1998)

Court Upholds Order on Tapes For Nixon Estate (Post, April 1, 1998)

Maurice Stans Dies (Post, April 15, 1998)

Nixon Logs Burn to Ashes (Post, July 1, 1998)

DNC's Stanley Greigg Dies; Signed Watergate Complaint (Post, June 16, 2002)

Second Trial Opens In Watergate Case: Ex-DNC Worker Suing Gordon Liddy (Post, June 25, 2002)

Watergate Papers Sold For $5 Million: University of Texas Deal Keeps Sources Secret (Post, April 8, 2003)

Chesterfield Smith; ABA Head During Watergate (Post, July 18, 2003)

John J. Rhodes Dies; Led GOP In House During Watergate (Post, August 26, 2003)

Nixon Data May Be Calif.-Bound: Sponsors Vow Continued Public Access to Tapes, Papers (Post, November 13, 2003)

Still Bugged By Nixon: Archives Releases More Watergate Tapes (Post, November 13, 2003)

Helen M. Smith Dies; Aide to Pat Nixon (Post, April 15, 2004)

Haig Said Nixon Joked of Nuking Hill: Transcripts of Phone Talks Are Released by Archives (Post, May 27, 2004)

Archibald Cox, 1912-2004: Watergate Prosecutor Faced Down the President (Post, May 30, 2004)

Watergate Committee Chief Counsel Samuel Dash Dies (Post, May 30, 2004)

Watergate 'Bagman' Fred LaRue, 75, Dies (Post, July 29, 2004)

Rose Mary Woods Dies; Loyal Nixon Secretary (Post, January 24, 2005)

Watergate Papers Go Public: University of Texas to Unveil Woodward-Bernstein Collection (Post, February 4, 2005)

James Bierbower; Lawyer in High-Profile Cases (Post, February 10, 2005)

Federal Judge Robert R. Merhige Dies (Post, February 20, 2005)

Federal Transcriber William Reckert Dies (Post, April 16, 2005)

FBI's No. 2 Was 'Deep Throat': Mark Felt Ends 30-Year Mystery of The Post's Watergate Source (Post, June 1, 2005)

How Mark Felt Became 'Deep Throat': As a Friendship -- and the Watergate Story -- Developed, Source's Motives Remained a Mystery to Woodward (Post, June 2, 2005)

Watergate and the Two Lives of Mark Felt: Roles as FBI Official, 'Deep Throat' Clashed (Post, June 20, 2005)

Watergate-Era FBI Chief L. Patrick Gray III Dies at 88 (Post, July 7, 2005)

Martin F. Dardis, 83; Investigator Linked Watergate Crime to Nixon (Post, May 19, 2006)

Robert Mardian; Attorney Caught Up in Watergate Scandal (Post, July 21, 2006)

E. Howard Hunt, 1918-2007; Ex-Spy Crafted Watergate, Other Schemes (Post, Jan. 24, 2007)


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