Key Dates

1946 Richard Nixon is elected to the U.S. House of Representatives.

1950 Nixon is elected to the U.S. Senate.

1952 Nixon is elected Vice President and serves two terms under Dwight Eisenhower.

1960 Richard Nixon is defeated bat John Kennedy.

1968 Nixon is elected President with Spiro Agnew as his Vice President.

1969 Neil Armstrong and "Buzz" Aldrin are the first men to walk on the surface of the moon.

1971 Richard Nixon visits China.

1973 U.S. Senate begins the Watergate investigations.

1973 Cease fire in the Vietnam War.

1973 Nixon picks Gerald Ford as his new Vice President when Agnew resigns due to bribery Anne extortion charges.

1974 Impeachment process starts. Nixon resigns and Gerald Ford becomes President.

1994 Richard Nixon dies.


Richard Milhous Nixon
1969 - 1974
37th President

Richard Milhous Nixon was the only President born in Yorba Linda, California on January 9, 1913.

He once worked at a game booth at the Slippery Gulch Rodeo.

Richard Nixon: seventh cousin twice removed of William Taft, eighth cousin once removed of Herbert Hoover

Richard Nixon was one of two Presidents who was a Quaker.

In the Navy during World War II, Nixon's bunkmates taught him to play poker. He became such as dedicated player that he once turned down a chance to have dinner with Charles Lindbergh when it conflicted with a game. He also won a great deal of money and used his winnings partially to finance his first congressional campaign.

Richard Nixon was a Republican.

He was Vice President under Dwight Eisenhower.

President Nixon
Richard M. Nixon.
Library of Congress

Speaking to reporters about his health, Nixon once claimed that he had never had a headache during his whole life.

During the funeral of French president Georges Pompidou, Nixon declared: "This is a great day for France."

Richard Nixon was elected to two terms. (1968 and 1972)

Nixon was sworn in with his hand on two family Bibles.

President Nixon was the first president to visit all 50 states and the first to visit China. He also met with Emperor Hirohito in Anchorage, Alaska, which was the first-ever meeting of a U.S. President and a Japanese monarch.

On July 21, 1969, Nixon talked to astronauts on the moon from the White House by radio-telephone.

Richard Nixon was President during the War in Vietnam.

Nixon was the first U.S. President to attend a regular season National Football League game while in office.

He had a pet cocker spaniel named Checkers and an Irish Setter name King Timahoe.

Nixon was known to have a fire in the fire place at the same time he had the air Conditioner on in the office.

Nixon was the only President to resign.

Spiro Agnew, Richard Nixon's Vice President, resigned in 1973 to avoid criminal prosecution. Agnew was replace as Vice President by Gerald Ford.

Nixon was the only president who resigned. (August 9, 1974)

He broke with tradition and established a private library in Yorba Linda, California. The Presidential Papers Act of 1978 which decreed that Presidents don't own their papers was not enacted until after Nixon left office.

Richard Nixon died in New York City on April 22, 1994. He was 81.



Quick Facts

37th President

Born: Yorba Linda, Calif., Jan. 9, 1913

Inaugurated as President:
First Term: Jan. 20, 1969
Second Term: Jan. 20, 1973.

Party: Republican

Died: New York, NY, April 22, 1994, Age 81.



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