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From the National Archives:

Newly released and unedited video shows Richard Nixon speaking candidly about his resignation.  

Forty years ago this week, Richard Nixon resigned from the Presidency. The Nixon Library is releasing footage of the 37th President chronicling his final days in the White House, recorded in 1983.

The in depth and inside story begins with President Nixon recalling July 23, 1974, the day he learned that three pivotal members of the House Judiciary Committee were going to vote for his impeachment.

"I knew that we could not survive," Nixon says. "However, when I got back to Washington, in my usual methodical way—people think it’s methodical and I guess it is—I decided I should put down the pros and cons of what options I had."

Then came the unanimous U.S. Supreme Court ruling that the President had to turn over 64 White House tape recordings sought by the Watergate Special Prosecutor.

Among them was tape from June 23, 1972, the so-called “smoking gun.”

Referring to the impact of that tape, Nixon said,

"This was the final blow, the final nail in the coffin."  

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"A President Resigns" will play continuously in the Nixon Library Theater from August 5-10 and available online at nixonfoundation.org and nixonlibrary.gov.

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From PBS:

August 6, 1965: Voting Rights Act Signed Into Law
On this day in 1965, the Voting Rights Act was signed into law, protecting all U.S. citizens from racial discrimination while voting.  
Last year, the Supreme Court struck down one of the key provisions of this law, which required federal approval for changes to voting laws in certain states. The decision was polarizing. And at the controversy’s core lay the question of whether racial minorities continue to face voting barriers in states with histories of discrimination.
How do you think this will affect future elections? Delve into the discussion with this episode from the March@50 on the evolving sphere of voting rights in the US.

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From PBS:

August 6, 1965: Voting Rights Act Signed Into Law

On this day in 1965, the Voting Rights Act was signed into law, protecting all U.S. citizens from racial discrimination while voting.  

Last year, the Supreme Court struck down one of the key provisions of this law, which required federal approval for changes to voting laws in certain states. The decision was polarizing. And at the controversy’s core lay the question of whether racial minorities continue to face voting barriers in states with histories of discrimination.

How do you think this will affect future elections? Delve into the discussion with this episode from the March@50 on the evolving sphere of voting rights in the US.

Image description: Today in 1965, President Johnson signed Medicare into law. President Truman became its first beneficiary and got the first Medicare card.This photo shows Johnson signing the Medicare law. Shown with the President (on the right in the photo) are (left to right) Mrs. Johnson; former President Harry Truman; Vice-President Hubert Humphrey; and Mrs. Truman.
Photo courtesy of LBJ Presidential Library.

Image description: Today in 1965, President Johnson signed Medicare into law. President Truman became its first beneficiary and got the first Medicare card.

This photo shows Johnson signing the Medicare law. Shown with the President (on the right in the photo) are (left to right) Mrs. Johnson; former President Harry Truman; Vice-President Hubert Humphrey; and Mrs. Truman.

Photo courtesy of LBJ Presidential Library.

Image description: John Coltrane’s 1964 original sketch for his 33-minute jazz suite, A Love Supreme. Inspired by a religious awakening he experienced after overcoming drug addiction, A Love Supreme offers impassioned reflections on prayer, faith, and the search for inner peace.
Browse and search the collections of instruments and music objects within the National Museum of American History.

Image description: John Coltrane’s 1964 original sketch for his 33-minute jazz suite, A Love Supreme. Inspired by a religious awakening he experienced after overcoming drug addiction, A Love Supreme offers impassioned reflections on prayer, faith, and the search for inner peace.

Browse and search the collections of instruments and music objects within the National Museum of American History.

Image description: Today in 1940, President Franklin Roosevelt was nominated to a third term. A four-term president, he was the only one to serve more than two.
Learn more about FDR’s presidency.

Image description: Today in 1940, President Franklin Roosevelt was nominated to a third term. A four-term president, he was the only one to serve more than two.

Learn more about FDR’s presidency.