On This Day, August 9th

2. 1974: Gerald R. Ford becomes President

Photo: bbc

Photo: bbc

Photo: mlive

Photo: mlive

President Richard Nixon was forced to resign his presidency on this date in 1974 due to his involvement in the Watergate scandal. Not minutes after the helicopter doors closed as Nixon departed the White House lawn, Gerald R. Ford was sworn in as the 38th President of the United States. Ford was hand-selected by Nixon to run as his Vice-President. This was the first time that anyone had been declared President though appointment rather than election. Soon after taking the oath of office, President Ford declared “My fellow Americans, our long national nightmare is over,” as he spoke to the nation in a television address. In an interesting turn of events, Ford would give Nixon a full presidential pardon for any crimes or wrongdoings he may have committed while in office. His reasoning for doing this was to re-align a divided nation due to the Watergate scandal


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