Watergate derives its name from the Watergate Hotel in Washington DC.
Whilst is is now a term synonymous with corruption and scandal, in 1972 the Watergate was one of Washington’s plushest hotels. It also houses office complexes and residential apartments.
In more recent times, Watergate has been home to former Senator Bob Dole and was once the place where Monica Lewinsky laid low as the liaison that led to President Bill Clinton’s impeachment became news.
It was here that the Watergate Burglars broke into the Democratic Party’s National Committee offices on June 17, 1972.
If it had not been for the alert actions of Frank Wills, a security guard, the scandal may never have erupted.
Years later, one of the burglars, Eugenio Martinez, wrote about Mission Impossible.
- The Watergate Hotel
- The Burglars
- Frank Wills’ Watergate Log
- Eugenio Martinez’s Account of the Burglary
Watergate Burglary – Archived Posts
- Mar 19, 1973: James McCord’s Letter To Judge John Sirica
- Jun 17, 1997: 25th Anniversary Of Watergate Break-In
- Sep 28, 2000: Frank Wills, Man Who Discovered Watergate, Dies, 52
- Jan 23, 2007: Howard Hunt, Watergate Conspirator, Dies, 88
- Jun 05, 2009: Bernard Barker, Watergate Burglar, Dies, 92