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Richard Nixon Resigns as US President

Faced with widespread evidence of political espionage and other illegal activities on the part of his administration, President Nixon resigned in order to avoid facing impeachment. Nixon's successor, Gerald Ford, immediately issued him a pardon for any crimes he may have committed as president. In addition to the governmental upheaval that resulted from the Watergate Affair, the scandal provoked widespread loss of confidence in public officials. What was the “Saturday night massacre?”

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Istanbul

The city of Istanbul, which extends on both the European and Asian sides of the Bosporus strait, is the only city in the world to span 2 continents. Over the centuries, this area has been under Greek, Roman, Ottoman, and Turkish control. One of the great historic metropolises of the world, Istanbul is Turkey's chief city and seaport as well as its commercial, industrial, and financial center. Istanbul is home to Topkapi Palace, the Hagia Sophia, and what other historic sites?

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Adam von Trott zu Solz

Von Trott was a German citizen who used his role as a lawyer and diplomat to travel to London and Washington, DC, seeking support for the Nazi resistance. In order to better monitor Nazi activities and party information, von Trott joined the Nazi party in 1940. At the same time, he served as a foreign policy advisor to the Kreisau Circle, a clandestine group of intellectuals that planned to overthrow the Nazi regime. Von Trott was hanged in 1944 after being arrested for attempting to do what?

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