Watergate in 98 Words

Some guys, minor Republican political jerks, broke into the ¬†Democratic National Committee at the Watergate complex in Washington DC in 1973 … into a filing cabinet. That was all. Tame, huh?

Republican President Richard Nixon was hounded out of office for lying about the break-in. (Presidents can get away with almost anything in office, but they can never lie about it.) Nixon was impeached by the House. Before he could be put on trial in the Senate for “high crimes and misdemeanors,” Nixon resigned in disgrace. He waved campaign-style victory signs on boarding the helicopter into near-oblivion. ¬†Weird, but true.