Nixon Releases Watergate Tapes to Investigators: April 29, 1974

  During a nationally televised address from the White House, on this day in 1974, President Nixon announced that he was going to release the White House tapes to the House Judiciary Committee which subpoenaed the tapes of 42 White House conversations. One of those tapes later became known as the “smoking gun”, in which…

When the Soviet Union Paid Pepsi in Warships

The company had a long, strange relationship with the U.S.S.R. On April 9, 1990, American newspapers reported on an unusual deal. Pepsi had come to a three billion dollar agreement with the Soviet Union. The Soviet Union had long traded Stolichnaya vodka in return for Pepsi concentrate. But this time, Pepsi got 10 Soviet ships. This…

Nixon’s 1969 Version of ‘Fire and Fury’

In the opening days of 2018, the book ‘Fire and Fury’ set the internet ablaze. Author Michael Wolff, whose journalistic methods have received criticism across the political spectrum, marketed his book as a tell-all about Trump’s campaign and administration. But long before Wolff, another writer caught the nation’s attention with his own salacious tell-all—this one about Richard…