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

Woodward and Bernstein
Washington Post reporters Carl Bernstein (in chair) and Bob Woodward watching Nixon announce resignations of top aides on evening of April 30, 1973

On July 16, 1973, Alexander Butterfield, former White House aide, revealed the existence of the Watergate Tapes, which were recordings of the Nixon White House conversations.

On July 26, President Nixon refused to release the tapes.

In August of 1973, Vice President Spiro Agnew denied charges that he received kickbacks while previously serving as Baltimore county executive and as governor of Maryland.

Agnew resigned on October 10 and pleaded no contest to one charge of income tax evasion. Two days later, Gerald Ford, Representative from Michigan, was nominated for Vice President.

Maynard Jackson was elected as mayor of Atlanta on October 16 and became the first black mayor of a major Southern city.

Photo © 2001 Mark Godfrey