Richard M. Nixon resigned as president of the United States on Aug. 9, 1974 — nearly 40 years ago — after addressing the nation via radio and television the night before.
Nixon’s resignation was the culmination of an arduous investigation into what became known as the Watergate scandal. Nixon remains the only American president to have resigned from office.
Newspapers recounting Nixon’s exit from the White House make up a special display through the end of August at the Wamego Historical Museum.
The display includes complete copies of the New York Times from the week leading up to the president’s resignation, as well as a New York Daily News bearing a full-front-page headline reading “NIXON QUITS.” Manhattan, Topeka and Kansas City newspapers are also included in the display.
The museum is open Monday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Sunday from 1 to 4 p.m. It is located in Wamego City Park, near the landmark Old Dutch Mill.