For better or worse, Richard M. Nixon left his mark on American politics. There were plenty of high and low points in between the family ranch and the helicopter ride away from the White House. How much do you know about the 37th U.S. president?
Nixon was born in Yorba Linda, California, in 1913.
Everything's coming up Richard Milhous Nixon.
Nixon went to the Duke University School of Law on a full scholarship.
Nixon served in the Navy, primarily running logistics and supply operations.
In 1946, Nixon defeated incumbent Democrat Jerry Voorhis for a seat in the House of Representatives, representing California's 12th District.
The infamous House Un-American Activities Committee (HUAC) was part of Nixon's congressional career.
He ran for the U.S. Senate against Democrat Helen Douglas.
Nixon won the election by a large margin.
The "Tricky Dick" sobriquet was especially unflattering during his presidential scandal.
Nixon was chosen as Eisenhower's vice president for the 1952 election.
The widely watched "Checkers Speech" turned public opinion in Nixon's favor.
Nixon declared that his daughter would not be returning her puppy to the supporter that had given it to the Nixons.
Eisenhower gave Nixon far more responsibility than previous vice presidents had enjoyed, allowing Nixon to be more active in political affairs.
Nixon was lauded for his efforts while Eisenhower was incapacitated, which re-energized his career. He'd been thinking of quitting politics before then.
He served under Eisenhower for both of Eisenhower's terms.
Nixon's debate performance and failure due to his appearance is an example of the way television, as a visual medium, changed American society.
Nixon won more states but fewer electoral votes, losing 303-219.
Nixon ran for governor of California and lost, a failure widely considered the end of his career in politics at the time.
Nixon was lashing out at reporters when he told them they wouldn’t have him to kick around anymore, suggesting he planned to retire from politics.
"Six Crises" referred to key events during Nixon's time in Congress and as vice president.
He faced George Romney, father of Mitt Romney, who dropped out of the race before the national convention.
Nixon traveled to China and met with Mao Zedong, something that seemed impossible a few years earlier.
The treaty was signed in 1973, but it wasn't necessarily the peace with honor he was hoping for.
The acronym CREEP (Committee for the Re-election of the President) seems like something from a movie. In truth, it was internally known as the CRP, but everyone called it CREEP once the Watergate scandal happened.
The discovery that Nixon campaign funds were used to bribe the CREEP operatives who were arrested for the break-in into silence really blew the scandal open.
Dean knew that Nixon recorded everything in the Oval Office. Legal efforts to gain access to the tapes consumed the rest of the Watergate scandal.
Both Elliot Richardson and William Ruckelshaus resigned rather than do what Nixon told them. Robert Bork eventually fired Cox at Nixon's behest. Nixon's infamous "I am not a crook" press conference occurred about a month later.
Nixon's claim of executive privilege was overruled by the Supreme Court, and the tapes were released.
The release of the tapes turned almost every member of Congress against him — the impeachment vote was certain to succeed if he didn't resign.
Nixon resigned on Aug. 9, 1974. Gerald Ford succeeded him as president.