Aug. 8, 1974: President Richard Nixon announced he would resign the next day because of the Watergate scandal, becoming the only president to ever step down from office. He was replaced by Gerald Ford, who had been selected as vice president just 10 months before after Vice President Spiro Agnew resigned in a tax evasion scandal.
Aug. 8, 2001: President George W. Bush said the government would support federal funding of limited research on embryonic stem cells.
Quote of the day
"People have got to know whether or not their president is a crook. Well, I’m not a crook. I earned everything I’ve got." -Richard M. Nixon
More from West Wing Reports...
THE WEEK'S AUDIOPHILE PODCASTS: LISTEN SMARTER
- After Ferguson, we don't need another dialogue on race
- 7 grammar rules you really should pay attention to
- Why you should stop believing in evolution
- The secret to handling pressure like astronauts, Navy SEALs, and samurai
- 10 things you need to know today: August 27, 2014
- In defense of Obama's golfing
- Your literary playlist: A guide to the music of Haruki Murakami
- Russia's new air force is a mystery
- How I became a borderline hoarder
- How Hillary Clinton's 'smart power' turned Libya into a dumpster fire
Subscribe to the Week