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

John W. Mitchell
John Dean

Wategate hearings, June, 1973: John Mitchell and John Dean

On September 15, 1972, a federal grand jury indicted the five men involved in the Watergate burglary and former White House aides G. Gordon Liddy and E. Howard Hunt.

Less than two months later, Richard Nixon was reelected in the biggest Republican landslide in history over challenger George McGovern. 45,767,218 people voted for Nixon and 28,357,668 voted for McGovern. In the Congress, the Democrats gained two Senate seats and moved to a 57-43 majority and maintained a 255-179 majority in the House.

President Nixon ordered the resumption of full-scale bombing in North Vietnam on December 18 after the Paris peace talks reached an impasse. Bombing was halted on December 30.

On December 29 Life Magazine stopped publishing after 36 years of weekly publication.

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