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

James McCord
James McCord at Watergate hearings, 1973

Watergate Hearings
Blowups of the White House meeting log, behind Senators at Watergate hearings, 1973.

The Senate Select Committee on Presidential Campaign Activities, chaired by North Carolina democratic Senator Sam J. Ervin, Jr., opened public hearings into the Watergate affair on May 17, 1973.

White House counsel John Dean testifed before the committee from June 25 to June 29 and implicated himself, Haldeman, Ehrlichman, Nixon, Mitchell and others. He also produced a White House enemies list of scores of administration foes.

In January, 1973, the Supreme Court ruled in the now-famous "Roe v. Wade" decision. State laws restricting abortions during the first six months of pregnancy were struck down.

On May 5, Secretariat won the Kentucky Derby in a record time of 1:59. Five days later, the New York Knicks won the NBA championship over the Los Angeles Lakers, four games to one.

Photo © 2001 Mark Godfrey