August-8

ABC Family’s ‘Shadowhunters’ Casts Stephanie Bennett as Lydia Branwell (Exclusive)

Lydia is described as a beautiful, no-nonsense young Shadowhunter who   is an abrasive “badass.”  She has known terrible loss in her life, and she has become driven and harsh as a result — but under her hard shell lies considerable vulnerability. (x)

August 8, 1974 : Richard Nixon Resigns From Presidency

On this day in 1974, in a radio and television broadcast from the Oval Office, Richard Nixon announced that he was resigning as President of the United States. His decision arose from the near-certain threat of impeachment following the Watergate Scandal.  Gerald Ford, his successor, granted him a full pardon, but over 70 others were convicted of crimes.

Watch a clip of Nixon’s resignation speech from ‘The Presidents’ by American Experience.

Photo: President Richard Nixon delivers remarks to the White House staff on his final day in office (Wikimedia Commons)