Category: Watergate Affair

On this day: Richard Nixon becomes the first president in US history to resign from office

[caption id="attachment_3955" align="alignleft" width="560"] US President Richard Nixon visits West Berlin, February 1969[/caption] On this day: Richard Nixon becomes the first president in US history to resign from office (August 9th 1974) In 1971, concerned with preserving an accurate record of his time in office, US president Richard Nixon requested recording devices be placed in selected rooms in the White House. This was nothing unusual. Previous presidents had installed similar equipment, mainly for taping moments of crisis – something Nixon dismissed as 'window dressing history'. His approach would be dramatically different. Sound-activated microphones would be used to capture every utterance, every cough, every coloured remark. The system would remain secret – but to a choice few individuals on Nixon's staff, and the Secret Service agents tasked with installing and maintaining it. When the equipment was eventually turned off two years later, over 3,000 hours of material had been amassed. Released…