June 17, 2017 | SuzyQ
On the morning of June 17, 1972, five burglars were arrested inside the office of the Democratic National Committee which was located in the Watergate office complex in Washington, D.C. An FBI investigation discovered there was a connection between cash found on the burglars and a slush fund used by the Committee for the Re-Election of the President, which was the official organization of President Richard Nixon's campaign.This led led to the discovery of multiple abuses of power by the Nixon administration, articles of impeachment, and ultimately the resignation of Nixon.
Investigation and report of the burglary at Watergate that climaxed with a President's resignation.
Nixon's staff was full of bright young men who devised forward-thinking reforms addressing health care, poverty, civil rights, and protection of the environment. It was a fine legacy, but Nixon cared little for it. He aspired to make his mark on the world stage instead, and his 1972 opening to China was the first great crack in the Cold War. Nixon had another legacy, too: an America divided and polarized. It was Nixon who launched the McCarthy era, who set South against North, and who spurred the Silent Majority to despise and distrust the country's elites. He persuaded Americans to gnaw, as he did, on grievances--and to look at one another as enemies. Finally, in August 1974, after two years of the intrigue and scandal known as Watergate, Nixon became the only president to resign in disgrace.