A bungled 1972 break-in at the Democratic party's Washington, D.C., headquarters in the Watergate hotel complex lead to the resignation two years later of U.S. President Richard M. Nixon (1913-1994). The incident, which occurred five months before Nixon's landslide victory for a second term, had been executed by members of his administration and reelection committee. The scandal became a textbook example of how "the cover-up is worse than the crime." The Watergate scandal undermined the nation's trust in its leaders and raised lasting debates about the Constitution and the powers of the presidency. The repercussions of Watergate continued into the twenty-first century.
At 2:30 a.m. on June 17, 1972, police caught five men attempting to break into and wiretap the...Read more