On this day in 1960, Vice President Richard Nixon was nominated for president at the Republican National Convention in Chicago.
Ironically, it also marks the 34th anniversary of the House Judiciary Committee vote of 27-11 to recommend President Nixon’s impeachment on a charge that he had personally engaged in a “course of conduct” designed to obstruct justice in the Watergate case.
A pipe bomb exploded at the Summer Olympics in Atlanta on this day in 1996, launching the saga of Richard A. Jewell, a security guard who found the unexploded device and helped evacuate the area in the next 11 minutes. Mr. Jewell was hailed as a hero, then became a suspect after a “trial by media,” he said, once news organizations trumpeted a news leak from the FBI about a “lone bomber.” Mr. Jewell later sued the Atlanta Journal Constitution, the New York Post and NBC for libel and was ultimately exonerated once Eric Robert Rudolph pleaded guilty to the bombing in 2005.
Attorney General Janet Reno apologized to Mr. Jewell for his travails; he was later honored as a hero by Georgia Gov. Sonny Perdue. Mr. Jewell died Aug. 27 at age 44 of diabetes.
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