June 17 - 1972 - The Watergate Burglary
The Watergate burglary was the event that directly led to the resignation of President Richard Nixon, but for such a momentous event, it was a fairly bumbling crime. Discovered because a security guard noticed tape on a door's lock, James McCord, Virgilo Gonzalez, Bernard Baker, Eugenio Martinez, and Frank Sturgis were caught in the act of breaking into the headquarters of the Democratic National Committee. They were arrested and soon charged with burglary alongside G. Gordon Liddy and E. Howard Hunt. Liddy and Hunt worked for the Nixon administration, and all seven men were sent to jail between Nixon's reelection and inauguration. Then it became clear Nixon was hell bent on covering up any connection between his administration and the burglary. This only made people look more seriously into Nixon's actions and Liddy and Hunt's roles with the Committee to Re-Elect the President. So Nixon began firing people who seemed to stand in his way, including the Special Prosecutor investigating the case, Archibald Cox, as well as the men refusing to fire Cox. Finally, a tape was released with Nixon describing his attempted cover up of the Watergate burglary with his Chief of Staff, which forced him to resign.