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Did you know that Richard Nixon was a member of the Republican Political Party? Did you know that Richard Nixon was the only U.S. President in history to resign his office during service? Did you know that Richard Nixon met singer Elvis Presley?

Fun Fact 1: Richard Milhous Nixon was born in Yorba Linda, California on January 9, 1913. To date he is the only president that was born in California

Fun Fact 2: Richard Nixon was one of four brothers raised by a strict Quaker parents, they did not drink alcohol, dance or swear. He had a good education, studying at Whittier College, he the won a scholarship to further his study at Duke University Law School in Durham, North Carolina

Fun Fact 3: Richard Nixon married high school teacher Thelma “Patricia” Catherine Ryan on June 21, 1940. They met at a local amateur dramatics company and married two years later. Together they had two daughters named Tricia and Julie

Fun Fact 4: Richard Nixon became the 37th President of America in 1969 when he was 56 years of age. He was elected for two terms and served for 5 years until he announced his resignation on August 8, 1974

Fun Fact 5: Nixon was a Quaker, he was one of two presidents who was a member of this religious movement, president Herbert Hoover was the other

Fun Fact 6: Richard Nixon was a composed man and was good at challenging the opposition, this earned him the nickname 'Tricky Dicky'

Fun Fact 7: During the presidency of Richard Nixon the 26th Amendment was passed, this lowered the age of voting from 21 to l8. The US Environmental Protection Agency was created, and the United States and the Soviet Union engaged in talks and established The SALT Agreement, which restricted the manufacture of strategic nuclear missiles

Fun Fact 8: On December 21, 1970 singer Elvis Presley met Richard Nixon at the White House. Together they exchanged presents, Nixon gave Elvis an honorary BNDD badge (Bureau of Narcotics and Dangerous Drugs) that Elvis had requested and Elvis gave Nixon a rare WWII .45-caliber Colt revolver gun

Fun Fact 9: President Nixon became the first US president to visit all 50 US states and the first to visit China, this was a principal step in stabilizing the relationship between the two countries. The term the "Ping Pong diplomacy" was coined when first Americans to visit China in twenty years were a team of US Table Tennis players

Fun Fact 10: The sudden resignation of Richard Nixon was due to his involvement in the Watergate break-in and cover-up scandal that occurred between 1972 and 1974. In brief, laws were broken when former police agents broke into the Watergate building offices of the Democratic Party, they were caught spying on the political campaigns and investigations began into the Nixon administration. Nixon's aides were tried and convicted for their association with the Watergate burglary, it then emerged that Nixon had collaborated with associates on phone conversations which had been recorded, some of which had mysteriously vanished, implicating the president as guilty. Richard Nixon announced his resignation on August 8, 1974 to avoid an impeachment from U.S. Congress

Fun Fact 11: Following the resignation of Richard Nixon, Vice-President Gerald Ford became President and assured that Nixon would not be tried of punished for any crimes, a pardon was granted on the belief that the nation did not need to undergo a long and complicated trial

Fun Fact 12: During his lifetime Richard Nixon wrote eleven books "The Challenges We Face" was the first written in 1960 and the last was "Beyond Peace" written in 1994

Fun Fact 13: Richard Nixon died when he was 81 years of age, when he was in New York City on April 22, 1994

Fun Fact 14: Following Richard Nixon's wishes he did not have a state funeral. His  public memorial service was attended by all five living US presidents Bill Clinton, George Bush, Ronald Reagan, Jimmy  Carter, and Gerald Ford, and their wives. His body was laid to rest  at Yorba Linda in California

Fun Fact 15: Regarding racial harmony Richard Nixon was once quoted as saying "If you want to make beautiful music, you must play the black and the white notes together"

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