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DATELINE 1972 - President Richard Nixon announced he would release transcripts of the secretly recorded conversations in the Oval Office. This marked the real beginning of the end for Nixon. The words "expletive deleted" became a national joke, made Nixon look petty and ugly, and the transcripts didn't satisfy the subpoenas. The tapes would eventually be released, leading to the infamous 18 and a half minute gap and the smoking fun tape. Nixon resigned the presidency on August 8, 1974.