Looking back to 1974

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1974 Big News Story

Richard Nixon Resigns

Recession struck again throughout 1974, with an extended decline that actually began the prior year and lasted all the way until March 1975. Despite the economic slowdown, home prices proved surprisingly resilient, jumping to a median of $29,756 ($156,550 with inflation). Perhaps the most notable moment of this year came when Richard Nixon resigned from the presidency.

Per History.com

In an evening televised address on August 8, 1974, President Richard M. Nixon announces his intention to become the first president in American history to resign. With impeachment proceedings underway against him for his involvement in the Watergate affair, Nixon was finally bowing to pressure from the public and Congress to leave the White House

“By taking this action,” he said in a solemn address from the Oval Office, “I hope that I will have hastened the start of the process of healing which is so desperately needed in America.”

READ MORE: The Watergate Scandal: A Timeline

Just before noon the next day, Nixon officially ended his term as the 37th president of the United States. Before departing with his family in a helicopter from the White House lawn, he smiled farewell and enigmatically raised his arms in a victory or peace salute. The helicopter door was then closed, and the Nixon family began their journey home to San Clemente, California. Minutes later, Vice President Gerald R. Ford was sworn in as the 38th president of the United States in the East Room of the White House. 

After taking the oath of office, President Ford spoke to the nation in a television address, declaring, “My fellow Americans, our long national nightmare is over.” He later pardoned Nixon for any crimes he may have committed while in office, explaining that he wanted to end the national divisions created by the Watergate scandal.

1974 by the Numbers

Economic Data from 1974

Grocery Prices from 1974

Personally, I have few memories from 1974. Growing up in this era my only real knowledge of Nixon was his resignation. But when I compare to now, I seriously doubt he would have resigned today. What do you think? I guess "it depends on what the meaning of the word 'is' is." 

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