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17/05/1973 Senate Watergate Hearings begin

The Watergate scandal was a major political scandal that occurred in the United States during the early 1970s following a break-in by five men at the Democratic National Committee headquarters at the Watergate office complex in Washington, D.C., and the Nixon Administration's subsequent attempt to cover up its involvement. It resulted in the Senate voting to approve Resolution S.Res. 60 and establish a select committee to investigate Watergate, with Sam Ervin as the chairman. In May 1973, the Senate Watergate Committee began nationally televised hearings which became a national politico-cultural event.