Aug. 9, 1974

Following his televised address to the nation the previous night in which he announced his intentions, President Nixon formally resigned his position at noon in the wake of the Watergate scandal. Before leaving the White House grounds in a helicopter, Nixon turned and struck his iconic peace/victory sign pose to his staff. Gerald Ford took over as the 38th president of the United States.

( AP File photo / August 9, 2012 )

Following his televised address to the nation the previous night in which he announced his intentions, President Nixon formally resigned his position at noon in the wake of the Watergate scandal. Before leaving the White House grounds in a helicopter, Nixon turned and struck his iconic peace/victory sign pose to his staff. Gerald Ford took over as the 38th president of the United States.

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