Daily Archives: January 1, 2015

Watergate jury convicts Mitchell, Haldeman, Ehrlichman and Mardian 40 years ago this hour (Jan 1 1975)

(Wednesday, January 1, 1975, 4:25 p.m. EST; during the Watergate scandal) — Four men who under U.S. President Richard Nixon were among the most powerful officials in the nation—John N. Mitchell, H.R. Haldeman, John D. Ehrlichman and Robert C. Mardian—were convicted today by a jury in Washington on all counts in the Watergate cover-up trial.

A fifth defendant, Kenneth Parkinson, was acquitted, and Mardian’s conviction for conspiracy was later overturned on appeal.

Music cable channel VH1 debuts 30 years ago today (Jan 1 1985)

Video: '"1985 VH1 Top of the Hour Intro" Presented by DCT Goddess'

(Tuesday, January 1, 1985) — The music cable channel VH1, based in New York City, made its debut today with a video of Marvin Gaye performing “The Star-Spangled Banner.”

The original purpose of the channel was to build on the success of MTV by playing music videos, but targeting a slightly older demographic than its sister channel, focusing on the lighter, softer side of popular music.