June 17, 1972 – Watergate Break In

On this day in history, a security guard discovered five men breaking into the offices of the Democratic National Committee inside the Watergate Building in Washington, D.C. The men were later found to be linked not only to the CIA but to the Committee for the Re-Election of the President, or CREEP.

The Watergate Complex from the air

The Watergate Complex from the air

The scandal led to the discovery of multiple abuses of power by the administration of Richard Nixon, articles of impeachment, and the subsequent resignation of Nixon from the presidency on August 9, 1974. The scandal also resulted in the indictment of 69 people, with trials or pleas resulting in 25 being found guilty and incarcerated, many of whom were Nixon’s top administration officials.

The term Watergate has come to encompass an array of clandestine and often illegal activities undertaken by members of the Nixon administration, and the extension “gate” has come to be associated with scandal generally.

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