Richard Nixon

Stephen Taft, Nick Thornquist, Caleb Kilian, CJ Fusselman

Fun Facts about Richard Nixon

Richard Milhous Nixon was born January 9, 1913 in Yorda Linda, California. He was sworn into office on January 20, 1969. Some say he was going to be impeached but he later resigned due to a scandal. View more to figure out more about this presidents term.
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5. Tinker vs Des Moines Independent School District

While many in the United States were having trouble with the war in Vietnam, a group of kids in the capital of Iowa were wearing arm bands which signified that they were against the war. This then opened up the case of Tinker vs Des Moines Independent School District. The students were wearing armbands in protest of the war in Vietnam and millions of people were enraged with this action. Did you know that this case got the eye of the United States Supreme Court? Yes, an arm band with a peace symbol can be taken to the Supreme Court. Some argued that this was abusing the freedom of speech amendment (1st Amendment) When it was all said and done the students and others did not lose their freedom of speech. During this time we began to see more and more protest against violence and the war. In our present day we see this very often, No war, no violence.

4. Kent State Shooting

On April 30, 1970 Nixon released information about the invasion into Cambodia by the U.S and that we needed 150,000 more soilders. This led to many protests around the country and one of which was at Kent State University where students gathered outside and lit the ROTC building on fire. The Ohio governor sent guardsmen to the campus and the guardsmen threw tear gas into the crowd and killed 4 people and injured 9. This outbreak led to multiple colleges protesting around the country and causing an outcry. Nixon noticed this and took action by charging 8 of the guardsmen for this incident but the guardsmen were later released for lack of evidence.

3. Moon Landing

Apollo 11, this was the first American space craft to land on the moon. Dreams finally coming true and stress being lifted off of the shoulders of people having them distracted from the cold war. People from all over the United States watched the shuttle take off, hearts skipping beats every second passing as the Apollo 11 made its journey to the marvelous world and amazing place, what we know as today, Space. NASA also known as the (North American Space Association) was created during the cold war to challenge the Soviet Union and any other world power who contested in the great "race to space". This was truly one of the most amazing moments In the United States of America.

2. Watergate

This was a big part of President Nixons impeachment. This was when Nixon had 5 burglars try to wire cell phones and computers to steal secret documents in attempt to reelect Nixon. The burglars were caught in the Watergate building in D.C. and Nixon tried to pay them to keep it a secret. There were recommendations for impeachment and there were later tapes released that had evidence of the scandal. The final tape was called the “smoking gun tape” because it proved that Nixon had participated in covering up Watergate. This is when Nixon resigned. Watergate affected American politics and changed it forever by making Americans now question their leadership.

1. Resignation

Resignation- On August 8, 1974 President Nixon resigned from presidency on national

TV. His decision came after the House of Representatives voted for his impeachment. The collapse of Nixons presidency occurred due to the Watergate scandal, when 5 bulgarlers were sent by Nixon and the Committee of Reelection to wire cell phones so he could be reelected. A long chain of events then followed in which the president and top aides became involved in an extensive cover up of White House-sanctioned illegal activities. The coverup snowballed and increased the president's troubles as Nixon and White House aides attempted to use the prestige and power of the presidency to hide the truth and thereby obstruct justice. This soon became too much for Nixon and he finally resigned. On August 9, 1974 Gerald Ford took office and a month later granted Nixon a full pardon for any crimes committed while in office.