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Fast Facts: Watergate Scandal

It started as an investigation into the break-in of a hotel, residential and office complex in Washington, D.C. But it ended with the only resignation of a U.S. president. Following are details about Watergate:

BASICS

— The Watergate break-in was in June 1972.

— The cover-up and story ultimately led President Nixon to resign in August 1974.

— Washington Post reporters Bob Woodward and Carl Bernstein unravelled the scandal.

— A main source for the reporters was called Deep Throat.

TIMELINE

November 1968: Richard Nixon elected president.

June 17, 1972: Five men arrested after breaking into the Democratic National Committee offices in the Watergate complex. One of the men says he used to work for the CIA.

August 1972: The Washington Post reports a $25,000 check apparently meant for the Nixon campaign ended up in the bank account of a Watergate burglar.

October 1972: The Post reports that the FBI believes the Watergate break-in was part of a political sabotage effort by the Nixon campaign.

November 1972: Nixon is reelected in a huge landslide.

January 1973: Two Nixon aides (G. Gordon Liddy, James McCord) are convicted in Watergate burglary.

April 1973: White House counsel John Dean is fired, the attorney general and two top White House staffers resign over the scandal.

July 1973: Former White House secretary tells Congress that Nixon taped all conversations in his office since 1971. Nixon reportedly orders tapes disconnected.

November 17, 1973: Nixon declares his innocence saying "I am not a crook."

December 1973: 18-1/2 minute gap found in one White House tape.

July 1974: Supreme Court orders White House to hand over 64 tapes of conversations. House passes first of three articles of impeachment.

August 8, 1974: Richard Nixon announces resignation.