14 Facts About Richard Nixon You Need to Know

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14 Facts About Richard Nixon You Need to Know

1. Richard Nixon’s birthplace is in Yorba Linda, California. 

2. In 1952-1960, Nixon was Vice President under Dwight D. Eisenhower. 

3. In 1960, Vice President Richard Nixon ran against Senator John F. Kennedy in the presidential election and lost, although by a minimal margin. 

4. The debate between John F. Kennedy and Richard Nixon was the first presidential debate to be aired on television. CBS televised it live on September 26, 1960. It was viewed by over 66 million U.S. citizens and became one of the most-watched broadcasts in the history of American television. 

5. This debate is also known for the contrast it emphasized between the two candidates. Kennedy looked youthful and energetic, while Nixon was very pale and appeared to be sweating.

Richard Nixon and Elvis Presley in 1970
Richard Nixon and Elvis Presley in 1970 (image via pixabay.com)

6.Before becoming President, Richard Nixon went in for running. In 1968, he was looking for a running partner who would accompany him and not be a competitor. He opted for an unknown politician called Spiro Agnew (who then became Nixon’s Vice President). During an interview, when Richard Nixon was answering a reporter’s question about his running mate, one person in the audience took “Spiro Agnew” for the name of a disease. 

7. In 1973, President Nixon the people of Colombia with a very unusual gift - a rock that had been picked up from the surface of the Moon by the Apollo 17 mission.

8. The Watergate scandal ruined Nixon’s otherwise successful presidential career. He was, in fact, named one of the best presidents of the United States. People loved and respected him, well, they used to, before all the Watergate hell broke loose. 

Watergate street sign with zoom effect
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9. Nixon’s secretary Rose Mary Woods admitted to erasing four or five minutes of the infamous Watergate tape. However, the tape had a much wider gap of 18.5 minutes. 

10. During the Watergate scandal, one of the members of the presidential impeachment inquiry staff was Hillary Clinton. 

11. Despite the Watergate affair, Richard Nixon was never impeached. He resigned before any impeachment proceedings could be started and retired.

Washington, DC. USA, 1990 Former President Richard Milhous Nixon accompanied by Congressman David Dreier (R) CA.
Washington, DC. USA, 1990 Former President Richard Milhous Nixon accompanied by Congressman David Dreier (R) CA. (photo via shutterstock.com

12. The Watergate scandal cut short Nixon’s otherwise successful presidential career. He was, in fact, named one of the best presidents of the United States. People loved and respected him, well, they used to, before all the Watergate hell broke loose. 

13. Richard Nixon died of a stroke in 1994, at the age of 81.

14. According to some sources, Richard Nixon is among the three best-known western names in China. The other two are Elvis Presley and Jesus Christ. 

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