In a controversial executive action, President Gerald Ford pardons his disgraced predecessor Richard M. Nixon for any crimes he may have committed or participated in while in office. Ford later defended this action before the House Judiciary Committee, explaining that he wanted to end the national divisions created by the Watergate scandal. Continue reading History-Today in 1974,President Ford pardons Nixon
On the morning of 12 June 1962, a loud, shrill siren began wailing from the top of a rock in San Francisco Bay.
Few, if any, had ever before heard it sound in anger. It was the escape siren on the supposedly inescapable island prison of Alcatraz. Continue reading Escape from Alcatraz: How three prisoners escaped the inescapable island in 1962 – but are they still alive?
In an event steeped in symbolism, former Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev reviews the Cold War in a speech at Westminster College in Fulton, Missouri—the site of Winston Churchill’s “Iron Curtain” speech 46 years before. Gorbachev mixed praise for the end of the Cold War with some pointed criticisms of U.S. policy. Continue reading Courtroom Mail History- Today in 1992 Gorbachev reviews the Cold War