And the Nominee Is...
Richard Nixon was named to the Republican national ticket a record five times. The only other American to be nominated so many times to a national ticket was Franklin Roosevelt.
Nixon's mother did not have political aspirations for her son. On the contrary, she wanted him to become a Quaker missionary. After graduating from law school, Nixon hoped to be an FBI agent, but the Bureau did not accept his application.
Although he was not impeached, Richard Nixon is the only president so far to resign from office. Andrew Johnson was the first president to be impeached, although he remained in office because the articles of impeachment were voted down in the Senate by one vote. Bill Clinton was also impeached by the House of Representatives and found not guilty by the Senate, and he too remained in office.
Heat in the Kitchen
While in Moscow in 1959 to open the American National Exhibition, Nixon encountered Soviet premier Nikita Khruschev. There, in a display of a model American kitchen, Nixon and Khruschev got into a heated argument about capitalism versus communism. This "kitchen debate" did a great deal to enlarge Nixon's stature at home.
It's in the Mail
During Nixon's 1962 campaign for governor in California, approximately 500,000 postcards, appearing to be from conservative Democrats opposing Governor Brown, were sent to Democrats requesting money. In a court case in 1964, the judge found that the postcards sought "to obtain from registered Democrats votes and money for the campaign of Richard M. Nixon" and that the mailing was "approved by Mr. Nixon personally." The defendants in the case, who did not include Nixon, were strongly discouraged from using such tactics again.
The King Meets the President
Elvis Presley visited the White House in 1970, hoping to be named a "Federal Agent-at-Large" in the Bureau of Narcotics and Dangerous Drugs. The King later received a specially prepared badge from the BNDD to add to his badge collection. After a brief photo session, Presley surprised Nixon with a spontaneous hug.
The Other Side of the Wall
When Nixon went to China in 1972, he became the first president to visit a country not officially recognized by the United States. The U.S. had, until that time, recognized only the government in Taiwan as the legitimate government of China.
Two major political families were united when Nixon's daughter, Julie, married Dwight Eisenhower's grandson, David, in December 1968. The couple had three children.
With data compiled from tens of thousands of sex questionnaires, Alfred Kinsey changed America's views about sex with the Kinsey Reports.
Football coach Knute Rockne of Notre Dame was a pivotal figure in the sudden rise of sports to a position of power in American culture.
Engineer James Eads tamed the mighty Mississippi, turning New Orleans into the second largest port in the nation.
"The Wizard of Menlo Park," Inventor Thomas Edison, built the first practical light bulb and revolutionized the world.
President Richard Nixon and Henry Kissinger initiated a secret diplomatic breakthrough with Mao Tse-tung that shocked and changed the world.
Robert Noyce's invention of the microchip launched the world into the Information Age.
The first man to fly across the Atlantic, Charles Lindbergh was unprepared for the attention, particularly after his son was kidnapped.
Lyndon Johnson pushed progressive programs before the Vietnam War eroded his support. Part of the award-winning Presidents Collection.