1973 – U.S. Vice President Spiro Agnew said he would not resign after he pled “no contest” to a charge of tax evasion. He did resign on October 10th.

Gordon Skene

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When the investigation got rolling, Agnew was adamant about his innocence, defiantly telling supporters he wouldn’t resign if indicted, that we would never resign. He expressed a willingness to cooperate, amid daily new discoveries added criminal activity.

Many felt this scandal served as a smoke-screen to the bigger issue; Nixon and Watergate, and anything to take the heat off the President was a welcome respite. But it also prompted many to believe corruption and criminal activity were rife at Pennsylvania Avenue and that Agnew was viewed as something of a sacrifice. Even though the Bribery, Extortion and Tax evasion issues had nothing to do with Watergate, it contributed to a general feeling of betrayal around the country, clearly evident in Nixon’s rapidly dwindling popularity.

But on this date, Agnew was still defiant, and still proclaiming his innocence. With days however, the tune would change, and within two weeks, Agnew would in fact, resign from office.

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gotta be honest trying to get the correct date was odd …. several articles say the 29th while calendars say the 27th so …