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Richard Nixon waves goodbye from the White House on Aug. 9, 1974, after resigning the presidency. / AP

Forty years ago, on Aug. 8, 1974, President Richard M. Nixon announced he would resign the presidency the following day, becoming the first American president to do so.

USA TODAY Network looks back at key facts, figures and images from the scandal that changed American history.



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