Spiro Agnew

Vice President of the United States Spiro Agnew

Profession: Vice President of the United States

United States of America

Biography: Agnew served as Vice President under Richard Nixon from 1969 until he resigned over corruption allegations in 1973. Prosecutors alleged he had taken bribes and kickbacks while a politician in Maryland and as Vice President.

His resignation came a year before Nixon himself resigned over the Watergate scandal.

Born: November 9, 1918
Birthplace: Baltimore, Maryland, United States

Generation: Greatest Generation
Chinese Zodiac: Horse
Star Sign: Scorpio

Died: September 17, 1996 (aged 77)
Cause of Death: Leukemia

Historical Events

  • 1969-11-13 Vice President Spiro Agnew accuses network TV news departments of bias and distortion
  • 1970-11-13 US Vice President Spiro Agnew calls TV executives "impudent snobs"
  • 1971-02-13 US Vice President Spiro Agnew hits 2 tee shots into crowd while golfing, injuring 2
  • 1972-08-23 Republican convention (Miami Beach, Fla) renominates Vice President Spiro Agnew but not unanimously: 1 vote went to NBC newsman David Brinkley
  • 1973-08-08 US Vice President Spiro Agnew says reports he took kickbacks are "damned lies" from government contracts in Maryland. Vowed not to resign.
  • 1973-10-10 US Vice President Spiro Agnew resigns after pleading no contest to allegations of tax fraud
  • 1973-10-12 US President Richard Nixon nominates Gerald Ford to replace Spiro Agnew as Vice President
  • 1973-12-06 Gerald Ford sworn-in as first unelected Vice President, succeeds Spiro Agnew who resigned over corruption allegations
  • 1974-05-02 Former US Vice President Spiro Agnew disbarred

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