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Under pressure from Watergate, Nixon resigned 35 years ago today

August 8, 2009 |  1:48 pm

As shown by the success of the stage and film versions of "Frost/Nixon," the former president never fails to fascinate the American people. Richard Nixon's rise, fall and efforts to rise again made for great drama.

"I have never been a quitter," Nixon says in this address delivered Aug. 8, 1974. But quit he did, saying that he had lost support in Congress and that he was stepping down in the interests of the nation.

Whether one admires Nixon or despises him, few could argue this was his most tragic moment, when he became the first president to resign the nation's highest elected office in disgrace.

-- Steve Padilla