October 20 - 1973 - The Saturday Night Massacre
In the middle of the Watergate investigation, President Richard M. Nixon asked Attorney General Elliot Richardson to fire Special Prosecutor Archibald Cox, who was charged with investigating whether Nixon ordered a break in to the Democratic National Committee headquarters and then covered it up. When Richardson refused to do it and resigned in protest, Nixon asked Deputy Attorney General William Ruckelshaus to fire Cox. Ruckelshaus also refused and resigned. This left the task to Solicitor General Robert Bork, who was now acting Attorney General and went along with it. This event quickly became known as the "Saturday Night Massacre." It was one of the most blatantly corrupt and stupid moments in the Watergate scandal. While many people were opposed to Nixon at the time, this moment created the feeling among many Americans, and many Congressman, that Nixon should be impeached. Instead, Nixon dug in. Although he was not immediately threatened with impeachment, the Saturday Night Massacre was what truly signaled Nixon's presidency was in danger.