Today’s Throwback Thursday takes us through a few famous June scandals — most notably, the 42nd anniversary of Watergate, the main events of which spanned June 17-19, 1972.
Had it not been for the Watergate affair, Americans and journalists worldwide would be without an easy suffix for scandals du jour. And our nation would also have never experienced the only resignation of a president to date.
On June 17, 1972, five men were arrested for breaking into the Democratic National Committee headquarters at the Watergate complex in D.C.; on June 19, it was publicly revealed that one of these men was a Republican Party security aide; and on June 23, the now infamous conversations that did Richard Nixon in were caught on tape.
Other June dates in the Watergate scandal have importance, too. On June 24 and 25, 1975, Nixon testified to a grand jury, answering questions on the missing 18.5 minute segment of missing tape, as well as on money trails associated with the break-in. Then, in June 2012, the US Department of Justice wrote that it would not object to the release of transcripts from Nixon’s testimony, with some exceptions.
Here are some other tasty bits of political juice in the archives of June scandals:
On June 3, 2011, John Edwards was indicted by a North Carolina grand jury on six felony charges all relating to his well- by illegally-financed affair with Rielle Hunter. Incidentally, the befallen Senator’s birthday is June 10.
Do you know who shares June 10 as a birth date? Eliot Spitzer.
Then there’s Jack Ryan, the former presidential candidate and Illinois Senator whose divorce files were made public on June 22, 2004. In these, Ryan’s wife alleged that he pressured her to perform sex acts in public clubs. HIs candidacy ended in what he called “a new low for politics in America” — just a week after the custody records were opened.
I save the most syrupy for last: Anthony Weiner. On June 16, 2011, Weiner announced that he would resign from Congress effective June 23, 2011. Why? You know why. That accidentally-blitzed image that elevated “sexting” to a word grown adults learned to say.
All that Carlos Danger stuff didn’t hit until a month and two years later. But, really, who is counting?