Today’s Historical Headline: Soap Opera Viewers Find ‘Watergate Show’ Dull Fare
The Watergate Hearings, which led to Nixon’s resignation, were first televised on today’s date in 1973. Led by Sen. Sam J. Ervin (the man in focus in the photograph above), they examined the break-in at the Watergate Hotel and Pres. Nixon’s involvement in the scandal.
There have been comparisons made in recent weeks between Watergate and the 9/11 Benghazi attacks. Bob Woodward, of Watergate’s Woodward and Bernstein, says Benghazi is a serious issue. The Guardian and New York Magazine beg to differ, while the Christian Science Monitor explains Woodward’s comments in greater detail.
If you want to read more about Watergate, here’s some of the Washington Post’s original groundbreaking coverage. Prefer the printed page? Here’s Woodward and Bernstein’s book about the scandal and their coverage, All the President’s Men, and here’s the movie starring Robert Redford and Dustin Hoffman.
(Photo from here.)
Side note: If you follow other history blogs, you’ll see that today was also the day that the decision in Brown v. Board of Education was handed down, in 1954. We wanted to cover something we’d seen a little less about, but here’s the Oyez article, as well as a Westlaw article on the significance of the ruling that struck down the 1896 Plessy v. Ferguson “separate but equal” doctrine.