Sept. 23, 1952: Sen. Richard M. Nixon delivered what came to be known as his "Checkers" speech from the stage of the El Capitan Theatre on Hollywood Boulevard "with only his wife for an audience," The Times reported.
His half-hour address was televised nationally.
Nixon, who was Dwight D. Eisenhower's presidential running mate, was under fire after reports that he misused a secret $18,000 campaign fund.
In the speech, which is credited with saving Nixon's candidacy, he said the money wasn't secret and that it simply covered "political expenses that I do not think should be charged to the taxpayers of the United States."
He went on to describe his finances in detail -- even saying his wife, Pat, had no mink coat, "but she does have a respectable Republican cloth coat."