August 8th

It’s August 8th. On this day in history Richard Nixon announces his resignation.  This was in the year 1974 and due, of course, to his involvement with the Watergate Scandal.  Everyone has heard of the Watergate Scandal so I will not waste time explaining what happened. If, for some reason, you do not know this story, you can catch up here thanks to Wikipedia.  What you may not know, however, are the following facts:

The judge in the trial, John Sirica, was actually named Time Magazine’s Man of the Year.

There were tapes released proving Nixon’s involvement in Watergate and they were called Smoking Gun. Appartently Nixon was the one who wanted a tape recorder in the Oval Office.

It is said that George Bush Sr. had a lot of involvement in this Scandal and you can read more about it here.

The burglars were all affiliated with the CIA and seemed to be somewhat stealthy except for the mistake which got them caught.  According to skygaze.com: “They had been caught only because an alert security guard noted that they had taped over a door lock. When he removed the tape, one of the burglars retaped it, apparently suspecting nothing.”  I wonder how many times that guy replayed his mistake over and over again in his head?  I also wonder who that security guard was and if his grandchildren are proud of him?

To this day, Nixon is the only President to have resigned while in office.

The entire Watergate Scandal, from break-in to resignation, lasted just over 1 million minutes.

Dr. Seuss even had something to say about it, or didn’t he: “It’s often alleged that “Marvin K. Mooney Will You Please Go Now!” was written specifically about Richard Nixon, but the book came out only two months after the whole Watergate scandal. It’s unlikely that the book could have been conceived of, written, edited and mass produced in such a short time.  Also, Seuss never admitted that the story was originally about Nixon. That’s not to say he didn’t understand how well the two flowed together. In 1974, he sent a copy of Marvin K. Mooney to his friend Art Buchwald at the Washington Post. In it, he crossed out “Marvin K. Mooney” and replaced it with “Richard M. Nixon,” which Buchwald reprinted in its entirety. (thanks Abebooks.com)

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