On August 8th, 1974, President Richard Nixon spoke on TV, announcing he would resign, following the passage of articles of impeachment by a House committee. Vice President Gerald Ford cancelled a planned trip to the West Coast and Hawaii, and was sworn in as president the next day.
Wisconsin Gov. Pat Lucey was campaigning for a second term, preparing to face former Madison Mayor Bill Dyke. The World Series of ’74 would match the Oakland A’s against the L.A. Dodgers. Coach Dan Devine was about to start his last season in Green Bay, in charge of the Packers. And “Chinatown” star Faye Dunaway married singer Peter Wolf of the J. Geils Band in 1974, yesterday in La Crosse.