Richard Milhous Nixon became the 37th President of the United States on 1969, and in 1974 became the first president ever to resign from the White House. In what many regarded as a brilliant administration in terms foreign policy with the ending of the Vietnam War, detente with Russia, and a re-opening of diplomatic relations with China, he presided over a mixed domestic track record with economic stagnation, inflation, ending of the gold standard, price controls, and gasoline rationing. Despite what many on the left wished to portray him as, Nixon was a political moderate in many ways, borrowing much from the progressive agenda in enforcing desegregation and creating the Environmental Protection Agency. After what became synonymous for every subsequent political scandal in the United States, Nixon’s opponents brought him down after a botched break in attempt at the Watergate Hotel showed members of his re-election team were attempting to steal information from the Democratic National Committee headquarters. Facing almost certain impeachment, Nixon stepped down August 9th, 1974.