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Fun Facts about Richard Nixon
5. Tinker vs Des Moines Independent School District
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.
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.
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.