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Richard M. Nixon Richard M. Nixon -- 37th President; Terms: 1969-1974; Political Party: Republican; First Lady: Patricia Ryan Nixon; Vice Presidents: Spiro T. Agnew, Gerald R. Ford

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'If, when the chips are down, the world's most powerful nation acts like a pitiful, helpless giant, the forces of totalitarianism and anarchy will threaten free nations and free institutions throughout the world.' (1970)

Born: January 9, 1913; Yorba Linda, California... Richard Nixon was the first president to resign from office... The enigmatic nature of the Nixon presidency combined comparatively progressive legislative initiatives with a flagrant abuse of presidential power and the public trust. His achievements in expanding peaceful relations with China and the Soviet Union stand in stark contrast with his continuation of the war in Vietnam. Finally brought down by scandal and duplicity, his administration did much to erode the citizenry's faith in government... Died: April 22, 1994.

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  • Woodstock Music and Art Fair (1969)
  • Man lands on moon (1969)
  • Environmental Protection Agency formed (1970)
  • Allende elected president of Chile (1970)
  • China is admitted to United Nations (1971)
  • Ms. magazine begins publication (1972)
  • Roe v. Wade decision handed down by Supreme Court (1973)
  • Native Americans stage protest at Wounded Knee, South Dakota (1973)

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