October 10, 1973
Then Vice President Spiro Agnew is seen as he emerged from Federal Court to announce his resignation to reporters gathered outside. In 1973, Agnew, in his fifth year as vice president, was investigated by the United States Attorneys office in Baltimore on charges of extortion, tax fraud, bribery, and conspiracy. He was formally charged with having accepted bribes totaling more than $100,000, while holding office as Baltimore County executive, governor of Maryland, and vice president of the United States. On Oct. 10, 1973, Agnew was allowed to plead no contest to a single charge that he had failed to report $29,500 of income received in 1967, with the condition that he resign the office of vice president. Agnew is the only vice president in U.S. history to resign because of criminal charges, and the second to resign.