The Month in History: The Watergate Sandal

Shaw (Watha T. Daniel) Library

The Month in History: The Watergate Sandal

On June 17, 1972, five men were arrested for breaking into the Democratic National Committee (DNC) Headquarters located in the Watergate Hotel. The burglars were caught wiretapping phones and stealing documents.  It was later revealed that these men worked for the Committee to reelect the president. When the burglary became public, President Richard Nixon denied all involvement. However, an independent investigation by The Washington Post reporters Bob Woodrow and Carl Bernstein found irrefutable evidence of President Nixon's and his aid's involvement in the scandal. Woodrow and Bernstein were helped in the investigation by an anonymous whistleblower known as Deep Throat. They also found that President Nixon tried to impede the FBI investigation into the scandal. There was a congressional investigation into President Nixon's actions that lasted from 1972 to 1974. The investigation led to Nixon resigning. To learn more about the Watergate scandal, check out these items with your DC Public Library Card.