On this day in 1974, as a fallout of the Water-Gate Scandal, President of the United States of America, Richard Nixon, in a nationwide television address, announced his resignation from the office effective noon the next day.
With the action he becomes the first and only one of United States Presidents to tender resignation to date.
Richard Nixon’s resignation speech was addressed to the American public.
Watergate had cost Nixon much of his political support, and at the time of his resignation, he faced almost certain impeachment and removal from office.
Nixon was the ninth incumbent president not to complete the four-year term to which they had been elected since the presidency was established in 1789.
He was however, the first to do so for a reason other than dying in office.
The next day he was succeeded by his Vice-President, Gerald Ford.