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Nixon Library : Nixon Timeline

July 17, 1990|MARY LOU FULTON

"No one in the Nixon Administration profited from Watergate. No one ripped off the government, as in previous scandals. Wrongdoing took place, but not for personal gain. All Administrations have sought to protect themselves from the political fallout of scandals. In retrospect, I would say that Watergate was one part wrongdoing, one part blundering and one part political vendetta by my enemies." --Nixon from "In the Arena," 1990

* Oct. 10, 1973--Vice President Spiro T. Agnew resigns from office under investigation for graft.

* October, 1973--Impeachment hearings begin.

* Dec. 6, 1973--Nixon names Rep. Gerald R. Ford of Michigan as vice president.

* July, 1974--House Judiciary Committee recommends impeachment.

* August, 1974--Nixon resigns.

"As our plane circled the El Toro Marine Base on the afternoon of Aug. 9, I could see hundreds of cars lined up, trying to get into the already-overflowing parking area. I had not thought I could find the energy to make another speech that day, but I managed to thank them for welcoming us home, and I vowed to continue to fight for the great causes of peace, freedom and opportunity." --Nixon "In the Arena," 1990

* September, 1974--Ford pardons Nixon.

"I was wrong in not acting more decisively and more forthrightly in dealing with Watergate, particularly when it reached the stage of judicial proceedings and grew from a political scandal into a national tragedy. No words can describe the depths of my regret and pain at the anguish my mistakes over Watergate have caused the nation and the presidency." --Nixon, 1974 in accepting Ford's pardon

* 1974--Nixon moves back to San Clemente; sues to keep control of his presidential papers.

* 1977--David Frost interviews Nixon in his first return to public view; Nixon said, in discussing Watergate, that it might be correct for a President to break the law if he did so in the national interest

"I let down my friends. I let down the country. I let down our system of government and the dreams of all these young people that ought to get into government but think it's too corrupt. . . . I let the American people down, and I have to carry that burden with me for the rest of my life." --Nixon in Frost interview

* 1978--Nixon publishes his memoirs.

* 1980--He moves to New York City; writes foreign policy book.

* 1981--He moves to Saddle River, N.J.

* 1982-90--He writes four more foreign policy books; Nixon is embraced by GOP as an elder statesman.

* July, 1990--Nixon presidential library opens.

"Today, the battle I started to wage in 1946 when I first ran for Congress is not over. I still have a few rounds to go." --Nixon "In the Arena," 1990

Sources: Los Angeles Times library files, "Facts About the Presidents," World Book Encyclopedia.

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