Journal E Illusions and Delusions: The Watergate Decade Journal E: The Watergate Decade

Richard Nixon with members of Congress during a bill signing, 1973

On June 17, 1972, five men, including former CIA agent James McCord, were arrested in the burglary of the Democratic party headquarters in the Watergate apartment complex in Washington, D.C. McCord was working for the Republican party.

Later in the same year, President Nixon announced that an internal White House investigation by counsel John Dean revealed no involvement by White House officials.

President Nixon made an historic visit to China in February, 1972. China and the U.S. agreed to normalize relations and lessen the risk of war.

On May 22, 1972, the Twenty-seventh, or Equal Rights, Amendment to the Constitution was passed by the Senate and sent on to the House for ratification. The amendment prohibited discrimination on the basis of sex.

Photo © 2001 Mark Godfrey