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The Watergate complex in Washington, D.C., is shown in June 2002.
The Watergate complex in Washington, D.C., is shown in June 2002. Paul J. Richards/AFP/Getty Images
When it opened in 1967, the Watergate Complex was considered the height of urban luxury. Then, it became notorious when, on June 17, 1972, a bunch of inept political operatives broke into the headquarters of the Democratic National Committee, which had a suite in the Watergate office tower.
The trial that followed eventually spurred President Richard Nixon's resignation. "Watergate" became both a household name and a suffix (for example, "Travel-gate"). June 17 marks the 35th anniversary of the infamous break-in.