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This portrait of General Robert E. Lee a week after surrendering to General Ulysses S. Grant, effectively ending the American Civil War - April 16, 1865


These Armed troops blocking off a road near an explosion at an oil factory near Texas City, Texas on April 17, 1947


"Cab Stand" in Madison Square Park, New York circa 1900


Elvis Presley meets secretly with President Nixon in 1970


"An Oasis in the Badlands", Red Hawk of the Oglala Sioux on horseback, circa 1905


Women painting World War II propaganda posters in Port Washington, New York, on July 8, 1942


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November 17th 1973: Nixon says “I am not a crook”

On this day in 1973, 40 years ago today, US President Richard M. Nixon told a group of Associated Press reporters during a televised question and answer session in Orlando, Florida that “I am not a crook”. This came in the context of the revelations about illegal activities by his administration in what came to be known as the Watergate scandal. It was named for the building complex which contained the Democratic National Committee headquarters which Nixon officials broke into to find out about their electoral strategies. By 1974, it became clear that Nixon had knowledge of the illegal activities, after the Supreme Court ordered he release tapes of his Oval Office coversations. He resigned in August in order to avoid almost certain impeachment.

"People have got to know whether or not their President is a crook. Well, I’m not a crook. I’ve earned everything I’ve got"


May 31st 2005: Deep Throat revealed

On this day in 2005 Vanity Fair revealed the identity of the secret informant on the Watergate scandal, Deep Throat, as former FBI Associate Director Mark Felt. In the early 1970s, Felt provided Washington Post reporters Bob Woodward and Carl Bernstein with information regarding President Nixon’s involvement in the scandal, which led to the President’s resignation in 1974. The article was written by Felt’s lawyer and after its release his identity was confirmed by the Post’s reporters from the time. Felt’s family convinced him to reveal himself for the potential book deals and money it would raise them. Felt died on December 18th 2008.

“I’m the guy they used to call Deep Throat.”
- Mark Felt in Vanity Fair, 2005

One of the many unfair and unjust aspects of the Charles Manson murder trial came in the form of a press conference that President Nixon gave before the trial had finished. During this national televised statement Nixon announced his belief in Manson’s guilt, despite there having been no conviction at the time of the statement, and despite Manson’s right to be innocent until proven guilty. The defence attorney’s pushed for a mistrial, pointing out that if the president of the united state’s branded Manson as guilty, there is no chance for him to receive a fair trial. In spite of this valid point, the courts refused, and Manson would eventually be found guilty for the Tate and LaBianca murders. 


January 9th 1913: Richard Nixon born

On this day in 1913, the future 37th President of the United States Richard Milhous Nixon was born. Nixon was born in Yorba Linda, California and later represented his state in the House of Representatives and the Senate as a member of the Republican Party. He made a name for himself in Congress for his role in the anti-communist House Un-American Activities Committee, especially in the infamous Alger Hiss case, and this led to his becoming Vice-President from 1953 to 1961 under President Eisenhower. After a closely fought campaign, he lost the 1960 election to Democrat John F. Kennedy, but later won the presidency in 1968. As President, Nixon initially increased US involvement in the ongoing Vietnam war and extended the military operations into neighboring Cambodia, but he eventually ended American involvement in the war in 1973. Nixon also made history by visiting the communist nations of China and the Soviet Union, thus easing tensions between the Cold War camps. In domestic affairs Nixon is notable for his support of affirmative action policies for African-Americans and his establishment of the Environmental Protection Agency. However, Nixon’s previous record in office has been overshadowed by the fact that in 1974 he became the first and only US President to resign from office. This occurred after revelations about the Watergate scandal, which refers to the illegal activities carried out his administration, including the wiretapping of political rivals, and a subsequent cover-up. He was formally pardoned by his successor Gerald Ford, and tried to rehabilitate his image until he died from a stroke in 1994 aged 81.