It Happened On #50

Welcome to the weekend edition of It Happened On. It seems like a pretty nice day but it’s probably cold. I haven’t been outside yet. Today’s plans include a rousing game of Monopoly and a trip to the grocery store. I try not to have too much fun in one day

I played Monopoly last night and lost. It was a weird game because my sister and I each owned at least one of the different groups of colors and almost no deals were being made. Towards the end my sister started saving her money until she was finally bought a slew of houses and I went bankrupt. Who saves money in Monopoly? But I must digress on Monopoly. It happened on awaits

It happened on November 17 1973…In the midst of the Watergate scandal that eventually ended his presidency, President Richard Nixon tells a group of newspaper editors gathered at Walt Disney World that he is “not a crook.”

Nixon made the now-famous declaration during a televised question-and-answer session with Associated Press editors. Nixon was questioned about his role in the Watergate burglary scandal and efforts to cover up the fact that members of his re-election committee had funded the break-in. Nixon replied “people have got to know whether or not their President is a crook. Well, I’m not a crook. I’ve earned everything I’ve got.” He did, however, admit that he was at fault for failing to supervise his campaign’s fund-raising activities

Nixon’s protestations of innocence with regard to the Watergate cover-up were eventually eroded by a relentless federal investigation. Richard Nixon resigned on August 8, 1974

Also on November 17 1972, wealthy socialite Barbara Baekeland is stabbed to death with a kitchen knife by her 25-year-old son, Antony. When police arrived at the scene, Antony was calmly placing a telephone order for Chinese food

After the murder, Antony was institutionalized until a bureaucratic mistake resulted in his release in July 1980. He then relocated to New York City, where he lived with his grandmother for a short time until he beat and stabbed her in 1980; she survived. Antony was sent to Riker’s Island, where he killed himself by suffocation on March 21, 1981

This kid obviously had some unresolved family issues

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