Watergate Timeline. From the bungling attempted break-in of the Democratic National Committee headquarters at the Watergate building to the take down of an American President. The Watergate scandal and cover-up forced the resignation of Richard Nixon. The only President in American History to resign from the Presidency.
|DATE||WATERGATE TIMELINE OF EVENTS|
|1972||June 17, Five men are arrested in a a break-in at the Democratic National Committee headquarters|
|September 15, two White House aides and five additional men are indicted in the Watergate break-in|
|1973||April 30, Nixon aide John D. Ehrlichman and Chief of Staff H.R. "Bob" Haldeman resign|
|April 30, John Dean a White House counsel to Nixon is fired|
|July 16, it is discovered during a testimony given to the Senate Watergate Committee that all of President Nixon's White House conversations were taped|
|July 24, The United States Supreme Court rules against Nixon requiring him to honor the subpoena given by the special Watergate prosecutor Archibald Cox and turn over all documents and the Watergate tapes|
|October 19, Nixon rejects an Appeals Court demand to turn over the all Watergate tapes.|
|Known as "The Saturday Night Massacre" on October 20, Nixon orders Attorney General Elliot Richards to fire Prosecutor Cox when he refuses to make a deal concerning the Watergate tapes. Attorney General Richards resigns in protest and is replaced by acting Attorney General Robert Bork who complies with Nixon's order and Prosecutor Cox is fired|
|1974||The United States Supreme Court rules Nixon must turn over the Watergate tapes|
|Beginning July 27, The House Judiciary Committee draws up three Articles of Impeachment against President Nixon|
|August 8, Richard Nixon delivers a televised resignation speech to the nation|
|August 9, Nixon officially resigns from the Presidency and leaves by helicopter. Vice President Gerald Ford assumes the office|
"Now, therefore, I, Gerald R. Ford, President of the United States, pursuant to the pardon power conferred upon me by Article II, Section 2, of the Constitution, have granted and by these presents do grant a full, free, and absolute pardon unto Richard Nixon for all offenses against the United States which he, Richard Nixon, has committed or may have committed or taken part in during the period from July (January) 20, 1969 through August 9, 1974."
"I have been informed that President Ford has granted me a full and absolute pardon for any charges which might be brought against me for actions taken during the time I was president of the United States."
"In accepting this pardon, I hope that his compassionate act will contribute to lifting the burden of Watergate from our country."