On this date in 1973, Vice President of the United States, Spiro Agnew, resigned that position as part of an agreement to a plea of nolo contendre to tax evasion charges. Other charges were dropped. He was the first VP to resign due to criminal charges and only the second to resign for any reason. The first was John Calhoun, who resigned to take a Senate seat.
Spiro Theodore Agnew 1918 - 1996
John Caldwell Calhoun 1782 - 1850
Agnew image: Notable Biographies
Calhoun image: Library of Congress