For two years, public revelations of wrongdoing inside the White House had convulsed the nation. The Watergate affair was a national trauma—a constitutional crisis that tested and affirmed the rule of law. On the evening of August 8, 1974, President Nixon announced his intention to resign.
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.
Right-wing media have been desperate to crown a new Watergate scandal for the entirety of President Obama’s administration, so we made a handy flow chart for them in case they’re not sure whether it’s Watergate.