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This Is How Americans Reacted To President Nixon's Resignation

On Aug. 9, 1974, Richard Nixon became the first person in US history to resign from the presidency.

Posted on August 8, 2018, at 5:04 p.m. ET

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On April 29, 1974, President Richard Nixon announced that he would turn over 1,200 pages of edited transcripts about the Watergate scandal to the House Judiciary Committee. The stack of transcripts to be released are in the background.

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Anti-Nixon protesters march to the Sheraton Hotel in Boston on March 11, 1974.

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Transcripts of Nixon's Watergate conversations arrive on Capitol Hill on April 30, 1974.

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President Nixon addresses a dedication ceremony of a new health care center in Miami. In the background, protesters carry signs calling for his impeachment.

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A prayer vigil is held in support of President Nixon on July 29, 1974.

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President Nixon announces his resignation on national TV during a speech from the Oval Office on Aug. 8, 1974.

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A crowd in front of the White House watches President Nixon's resignation speech.

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Patrons in a Philadelphia bar watch President Nixon's resignation speech.

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Helen Thomas, correspondent and White House bureau chief for United Press International, leans against a wall as she awaits transcripts of Nixon's resignation speech in the White House press office.

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People gather and celebrate in front of the White House on the evening of Nixon's resignation speech.

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Left: Anti-Nixon demonstrators hold up "No Amnesty for Nixon" bumper stickers. Right: A man in a Nixon mask smokes a joint in New York City, 1974.

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People celebrate in front of the White House on the evening of Nixon's resignation speech.

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A demonstrator holds a "No Amnesty For Nixon" sign outside the White House.

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People celebrate in front of the White House on the evening of Nixon's resignation speech.

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A woman reads a headline in front of the White House on the afternoon of Nixon's resignation speech.

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Women at Washington National Airport read copies of the Washington Star-News newspaper.

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After resigning, President Nixon leaves the White House with (from right) Vice President Gerald Ford, second lady Betty Ford, and first lady Pat Nixon.

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Nixon raises his hands with victory signs in the doorway of a helicopter after leaving the White House following his resignation on Aug. 9, 1974.


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