The Watergate Affair

Updated August 24, 2020 | Infoplease Staff

The "-gate" that started it all

Watergate is perhaps the most famous scandal of the past century. Even those who don't know the details have heard of it, and every scandal or conspiracy since has been compared—Deflategate, Pizzagate, and so on. But what about Watergate made it so compelling to millions of people? Read on to find out. 

Watergate Affair


Senate Select Committee on Presidential Campaign Activities

  • Sam J. Ervin Jr. (D-N.C.); chairman
  • Howard H. Baker Jr. (R-Tenn.); vice chairman
  • Edward J. Gurney (R-Fla.)
  • Daniel K. Inouye (D-Hawaii)
  • Joseph M. Montoya (D-N.M)
  • Herman E. Talmadge (D-Ga.)
  • Lowell P. Weicker (R-Conn.)

The Major Players



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