10th October
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1973 US Vice President Spiro Agnew Resigns

He was Richard Nixon's VP, Nixon resigned a year later.

Agnew was the first Vice President to ever resign in disgrace. He was convicted of federal tax evasion, an apparent trade-off which meant that charges of political corruption were not brought.

He received a $10,000 fine and 3 years probation.

Agnew was replaced as VP by Gerald Ford. The process is that the president must nominate a candidate, which must then be approved by Congress.

As history would have it, Ford would become president a year later when President Richard Nixon resigns over Watergate.

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1881 Charles Darwin publishes his book 'The Formation of Vegetable Mold Through the Action of Worms'. He apparently thought that it was a more important work than the Origin Of Species
1886 The first tuxedo ever seen is worn by a diner in New York on this day.

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