On this day in history, August 8, 1974... President Richard M. Nixon, 37th President of the United States, announced his resignation from the office of the presidency during a national television address. Swept up in the Watergate Scandal, Nixon lost much of his of his political support and was almost certainly facing impeachment and removal from office. He was the first and only president to ever resign from that office. After his resignation, he was was pardoned by Gerald Ford. In his later years, he attempted to improve his public image into that of an elder statesman by writing several books and taking many foreign trips. The next day, he concluded his televised farewell speech by saying, "Always give your best. Never get discouraged. Never be petty. Always remember: Others may hate you. But those who hate you don't win, unless you hate them. And then, you destroy yourself. "