President Richard Nixon
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He was the 37th president of the United States of America
-Nixon begins an eight-day European visit in Brussels. February 23, 1969
-Nixon warns that the United States will take action in the event of a new Viet Cong offensive. March 04, 1969
-Following an attack on a U.S. plane on April 15, Nixon orders that reconnaissance flights off of North Korea be resumed. April 18, 1969
-Nixon asks that Congress be granted authority to consolidate federal aid programs to states and cities. April 30, 1969
-Nixon proposes a plan whereby the United States and North Vietnam would agree to withdraw forces from South Vietnam. May 14, 1969
-Nixon asks that Congress make the Post Office department a public corporation. May 27, 1969
-Nixon announces a plan to withdraw 25,000 U.S. troops from South Vietnam by August 31. June 08, 1969
-Nixon orders cuts in overseas government personnel by 10 percent. July 09, 1969
-Nixon affirms his desire to withdraw U.S. troops from southeast Asia and declares that individual nations will bear a larger responsibility for their own security. Initially referred to as the “Guam Doctrine,” this statement later becomes known as the “Nixon Doctrine.” July 25, 1969
10 Important facts about Nixon
- Elected to Congress from Whittier in 1946. Reelected in 1948.
- Ran for President in 1960, losing to JFK by only 113,000 votes in the closest election in U.S. history
- Extended the Voting Rights Act in 1970, abolishing voter literacy tests.
- Launched the War on Cancer in 1971, a $100-million project creating the National Cancer Centers.
- Resigned from the Presidency in 1974 as a result of Watergate, returning to La Casa Pacifica in Orange County, California.
- Joined the Navy in 1942, serving in the South Pacific in World War II.
- Elected to U.S. Senate from California in 1950.
- Graduated 2nd in his class at Whittier College and 3rd in his class at Duke University School of Law.
- Retired to New York City and later New Jersey to write, travel abroad and advise Presidents on foreign affairs.
- Died in 1994 and given a State Funeral attended by Presidents Clinton, Bush, Reagan, Carter and Ford; buried along side his wife, Pat (who died the year before), at the Nixon Library.