On June 17, 1972, during the Presidential race of President Richard Nixon and Democratic Nominated Geore McGovern, there was a break in at the Watergate office complex in Washington DC. The Watergate were the headquarters of the Democratic party. It was later descovered, that the men who broke into the Watergate, were paid from funds from the re-election capaign of President Nixon. Nixon would win the election.
After re-elected, it came out that Nixon might of known about the break in and didnt report it. Instead of being impeached for his participation, Nixon resigned his post of President of the United States. On August 9, 1974, Nixon read a speech from a paper to a live audiance announcing his resignation and that Vice President Gerald Ford would be sworn in as the new President.
This is the original letter Nixon typed and read to the audiance announcing his resignation. It is located at the Gerald Ford Presidential Museum in Grand Rapids, Mi.