Category Archives: Watergate

‘All the President’s Men’ opens in Washington, DC 40 years ago tonight (Apr 4 1976)


Video: 'All the President's Men' trailer

(Sunday, April 4, 1976)All the President’s Men, a political thriller film about two journalists (Carl Bernstein and Bob Woodward) investigating the Watergate scandal for The Washington Post, premiered tonight in Washington, D.C. Continue reading ‘All the President’s Men’ opens in Washington, DC 40 years ago tonight (Apr 4 1976)

Mitchell, Haldeman, Ehrlichman sentenced to prison for Watergate cover-up 40 years ago this hour (Feb 21 1975)

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(Friday, February 21, 1975, 9:29 a.m. EST; during the Watergate scandal) — John N. Mitchell, H.R. Haldeman and John D. Ehrlichman, three of the most powerful men in the nation during the Nixon Administration, were sentenced today to serve two and a half to eight years in prison for their roles in the Watergate cover-up.

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.

President Ford offers conditional amnesty to Vietnam era draft evaders, military deserters 40 years ago this morning (Sep 16 1974)


Video: 'Gerald Ford-Remarks on Clemency for Vietnam Era Draft Evaders (September 16,1974)'

(Sunday, September 8, 1974, morning EDT; during the Vietnam War, part of the Indochina Wars and the Cold War; also during the Watergate scandal) — Eight days after granting former President Richard M. Nixon an unconditional pardon, U.S. President Gerald Ford offered conditional amnesty today to thousands of Vietnam era draft evaders and military deserters who agree to work for up to two years in public service jobs (click here for an extended video clip and transcript of Ford’s remarks). Continue reading President Ford offers conditional amnesty to Vietnam era draft evaders, military deserters 40 years ago this morning (Sep 16 1974)

Former President Nixon declares ‘we’re home’ upon arrival in California 40 years ago this hour (Aug 9 1974)


Video: '"AIR FORCE ONE: THE PLANES AND THE PRESIDENTS" (1991)' (Nixons arrive in California on Aug. 9, 1974, at 41:23)

(Friday, August 9, 1974, 11:56 a.m. PDT; during the Watergate scandal) — Former U.S. President Richard Nixon declared “we’re home” today as he addressed 5,000 people who came out to greet him and his wife, former First Lady Pat Nixon, upon their arrival at El Toro Marine Base in California.

A helicopter then whisked the Nixons to La Casa Pacifica, their sprawling seaside villa near San Clemente. Nixon’s term of office had officially expired three hours, 21 minutes before, having become the first president to resign in disgrace.

Ford sworn in as 38th U.S. President, asserts ‘nightmare is over’ 40 years ago this hour (Aug 9 1974)


Video: 'Swearing in Ceremony of Gerald R. Ford as 38th President of the United States, August 9. 1974'

(Friday, August 9, 1974, 12:03 a.m. EDT; during the Watergate scandal) — Gerald Ford became the 38th President of the United States today, declaring that “our long national nightmare is over.” Continue reading Ford sworn in as 38th U.S. President, asserts ‘nightmare is over’ 40 years ago this hour (Aug 9 1974)