JUNE 17, 1972
ON THIS DAY IN HISTORY…
The Watergate Scandal reaches a climax as five White House operatives were arrested for the break in at the headquarters of the Democratic National Committee, located in the Watergate Office Complex in Washington, DC. The burglary was orchestrated by members of the Republican party in an attempt to illegally wiretap their opponents.
As a result, 48 government officials were convicted of crimes. President Richard Nixon became the only US President to resign from office, due to his role in authorizing the crime and the subsequent cover-up. Democrats made large gains in the next election, picking up 5 seats in the Senate and 49 seats in the House of Representatives.