June 17, 1972- The Watergate burglaries go off without incident, allowing Gordon Liddy and Howard Hunt's team to plant listening devices in the office of DNC Chairman Larry O'Brien. The information retrieved is substantive, but not really useful to Nixon or CREEP (Committee to Re-Elect the President).
October 4, 1972- Hunt and Liddy's team remove the listening devices from O'Brien's office, again without incident. Aside from these men, and Haldeman and Erlichmann in the White House, no one else knows that the break-ins took place.
November 7, 1972- Nixon defeats McGovern 61-38% in a landslide victory. Republicans also gain seats of both Houses of Congress, this is seen as a massive endorsement of Nixon, both on his domestic agenda and his conduct of the war in Vietnam.
January 27, 1973- The Paris Peace Accords are signed, formally ending the US participation in Vietnam. Later in the year, the South Vietnamese government asks that Nixon follow-up on his promise to use air power to support the ARVN (Army of the Republic of VietNam), which he does, despite Congressional distrust for further spending on Vietnam.
October 10, 1973- Vice President Spiro T. Agnew resigns the Vice Presidency because of criminal charges of bribery and corruption.
November 8, 1973- President Nixon appoints House Minority Leader Gerald Ford to the vice presidency. Ford faces little opposition from congressional Democrats and wins confirmation with 86 votes in the Senate and 391 in the House. He is sworn in on December 2.
1974- South Vietnam's Thieu agrees to elections. Despite random intimidation by both the ARVN and the Vietcong, the election is considered basically fair and the nation reunifies under a semi-democratic Hanoi based government. In an act of graciousness (mostly to appeal to Western worries), the Hanoi government sets aside a plan to re-name Saigon "Ho Chi Minh City" and keeps the ancient name.
Nixon after talks with Brezhnev and Mao, wins a promise that neither of the Communist bloc nations would support Vietnamese incursions into Laos or Cambodia.
Nixon pushes the Medical Insurance Act through Congress which provides health insurance to over 120 million Americans.
Republicans gain control of the House with 221 seats and the Senate with 50. Most analysts credit this win on Nixon's domestic policy successes.
1975- Nixon is nominated for a Nobel Peace Prize. He loses, but the honor pushes up his approval ratings to over 75%. That same year Nixon appoints Robert Bork to the Supreme Court. Meanwhile, campaigning for the Republican nomination for 1976 begins heating up. California Governor Ronald Reagan and Nelson Rockefeller, former governor of New York and head of Nixon's Health Insurance Program are considered front-runners. Chuck Percy, Howard Baker, John Connelly are also considered possible dark horse candidates. Nixon appoints Robert Bork to the Supreme Court.
1976- The Presidential election goes to the Republicans, as Ronald Wilson Reagan win the Republican nomination over Rockefeller, Reagan chose John Connelly as his running mate largely because of Nixon's support of Connally. That November, Reagan defeated former Georgia Governor Jimmy Carter by 53-45%. The Republicans now have a 54-46 majority in the Senate and a 247-186 margin in the House.
1977- President NIxon leaves office to be remembered as a 'near great' president by most historians and a great one by Republicans who saw him as the man who rebuilt the Republican majority which had been lost since the 1930's. The new and more conservative president, Ronald Reagan pushes the Revenue Act of 1977 through Congress which cuts taxes 25% percent for all Americans. Although deficits are projected to rise to over 25 billion dollars a year, the economy sours and Connelly's approval ratings reach 66%.
1978- Nixon writes "The Last Crises", a memoir and a recounting the unification of Vietnam. Acting as a foreign policy adviser, to President Reagan, Nixon's public image improves even more. He is still widely disliked among those who were college age in the late 60s and early 70s, but he is now considered a "statesman president" by most, and a "near great president" by Republicans.
1979- A 2nd Oil Crises is avoided when President Reagan sends aid to the Shah in order prevent an Islamic revolution. The prevention of the rise of the radicals insures that Iran vast oil reserves will remain open to the west. Oil prices drop to less than one dollar a gallon and President Reagan approvals reached 65%.
1980- The elections begin with California Governor Jerry Brown barely scraping the Democrat Nomination over Former Florida Governor Rubin Askew (Askew would get the V.P. slot) among others (ten Democrats eventually sought the nomination). Meanwhile Ronald Reagan has won the Republican Nomination unopposed. Since polls show Reagan/Connally leading Brown/Askew by over 30 points, a third party bid is launched by liberal Republican Congressman John Anderson. In spite of Anderson's presence in the race, Reagan wins re-election with a 58%-36% over Brown, Anderson wins 5% of the vote, most of which was pulled away from Brown. Reagan also won a landslide in the Electoral College, winning 50 states and 535 electoral votes. Brown only wins the District of Columbia for a total of 3 electoral votes. The Republicans now have a 64-35 margin in the Senate and a 261-174 spread in the House.
1981- Ronald Wilson Reagan is sworn in for a second term as President and pledges to bring big government to heel. In his 1981 State of the Union Connelly formally announces his plan for the a Flat Tax, to finish SDI (which he had first announced in 1977), and for privatizing Social Security, and creating a system of private medical accounts which he calls this plan the "Morning in America" agenda. But in the midst of a national speaking tour Reagan is shot by a psychopath named John Hinckley Jr. After Reagan's recovery his approval reaches 91% and he passes most of his Morning in America agenda, Reagan also appoints Antonin Scalia to the Supreme Court.
1984- Vice President John Connelly defeats Howard Baker, George Bush for the Republican nomination and chooses Indiana Senator Dan Quayle as his VP. Connelly defeats Minnesota Senator Walter Mondale that November by 58%-41%.
1985- The Soviet Union collapses and the Russian Federation is formed with Mikhail Gorbachev as its first president.
1986- President Connelly appoints Elizabeth Dole to the Supreme Court. That November, the Democrats retake the House.
1987- Connelly appoints Clarence Thomas to the Supreme Court.
1988- The Supreme Court overturns Roe v. Wade and declares the unborn to be full citizens. That November, President John Connally wins re-election by a wide margin over Massachusetts Governor Michael Dukakis.
1989- Russian President Mikhail Gorbachev is re-elected to a second term.
1990- Connelly appoints Michael Luttig to the Supreme Court.
Saddam Hussein invades Kuwait.
1991- President Connelly leads an international coalition to overthrow Hussein and establish a free Iraq (by late 1993 most U.S. troops were out of Iraq).
President Connally Edith Jones to the Supreme Court.
Later in the year Connally (over the objection of House Republican Leader Newt Gingrich) raises taxes and this hurts the Republicans badly going into the 92' elections. Republicans lose the Senate after the death of John Heinz.
1992- The Republicans see their 24 year control of the White House end as Arkansas Governor Bill Clinton defeated Dan Quayle by a narrow margin. Clinton's victory was largely doe to the candidacy of Ross Perot. The Republicans however retake the House and Gingrich becomes Speaker.
In December, Ayad Allawi is elected Prime Minister of Iraq.
1993- Clinton's first year as president is one failure after another and his approvals droop to 30%.
In Russia, Boris Yeltsin is elected President of the Russian Federation.
President Clinton appoints Stephen Breyer to the Supreme Court.
1994- Clinton appoints Ruth Bader Ginsburg to the supreme court.
The mid-terms see the Republicans winning 257 House seats and 56 Senate seats.
1995- Newt Gingrich announces that he is a candidate for the presidency, as a result Bob Dole decides to stay out of the race.
1996- Gingrich easily wins the nomination and chooses Arizona Senator John McCain as his running mate. That November, Gingrich/McCain defeats Clinton/Gore 55% to 43%, Ross Perot had planned to run but had withdrawn from the race after a promise from Gingrich of being made Secretary of the Treasury.
1997- As part of President Gingrich's first 100 days in office the Flat Tax Act (a single 17% tax rate) is passed as well as a law creating private accounts for social security and Medicare.
1998- U.S. Special Ops capture Osama Bin-Laden and launch a series of strike attacks against Al-Qaeda in Afghanistan and follow it up with some ground troops later in early 1999.
Mashal Al-Yawer succeeds Ayad Allawi as Iraqi PM.
1999- Gingrich's approvals rise to 65% as the federal budget surplus rises to 150 billion and the national debt is eliminated.
2000- Bill Bradley wins the Democrat nomination and chooses Dick Gephardt as his running mate. That November, Gingrich/McCain swamps Bradley/Gephardt 59%-38% and Gingrich wins every state except Massachusetts.
2001- President Gingrich pushes the No Child Left Behind Act through Congress which makes school tax credits open to any student in America. The bill also abolishes the Department of Education but adds 50 billion to the federal education budget.
On September 11, 2001, Iranian and Saudi terrorists slam twelve airliners into the U.N. building, the Iraqi government building, and other governmental targets. Among the dead are Iraqi Prime Minister Mashal Al-Yawer and British Prime Minister Tony Blair. In response to this, President Gingrich and other NATO and UN leaders marshaled a coalition and launched an invasion of Iran on December 24.
In Afghanistan, the North Alliance united the country in its first free elections.
2002- On February 23, Coalition forces capture Tehran and by June, they control 85% of the country.
President Gingrich's plans for the modernization of government in the face of this new threat result in cutting down the size of the executive departments down to 8 departments.
2003- Saudi Arabia refuses to turn over terrorists hiding within its borders and U.S. and coalition forces invade and capture Riyadh within three weeks.
2004- Vice President McCain wins the Republican nomination and chooses Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee as his running mate.
The Democrats nominate former Vermont Governor Howard Dean, Dean chooses Indiana Senator Evan Bayh as his running mate.
That November, McCain/Huckabee defeats Dean/Bayh in 58%-41% landslide and Republicans win super majorities in the Congress.
2005- President McCain orders a surge into Saudi Arabia to combat a rise in insurgent attacks.
Iran holds its first free elections in which a pro-western government is elected.
Saudi Arabia holds regional elections and prepares for national ones. In spite of terrorist attacks, a poll shows that 85% of Saudis approve of their new government while 76% of Iranians prefer their new government to that of the past.
In spite of the War on Terror, President McCain finds the time to pass a line-item veto and a national Fair Tax of 20% (The Fair Tax was the brain-child of Vice President Huckabee). McCain also appoints John Roberts as Chief Justice as well as Janice Rogers Brown to the Supreme Court. Roberts replaced Rehnquist and Brown replaced Bork.
2006- Saudi Arabia holds its first free national elections and the results show vast support for a pro-western government.
In McCain's first mid-term election the Democrats gain seats but the Republican retain a Senate lead of 61-39 and a House lead of 265-170.
2007- President McCain pushes the Domestic Energy Act of 2007 through Congress, this allows for drilling in ANWAR and the almost everywhere in the U.S. Alaska Governor Sarah Palin gains national attention for her announcement that ANWAR will be pumping oil within nine months (in fact it takes only eight months).
2008- President McCain and Vice President Huckabee are re-nominated unopposed by the Republicans.
The Democrats, meanwhile, nominate Joe Bidan for president over Mark Warner, Barack Obama, Evan Bayh and several others. Biden chooses Obama as his running mate, Obama is the first African-American to be placed on a major party ticket.
In the fall elections, McCain defeats Biden by a comfortable margin and the Republicans maintain control of Congress.
2009- President McCain in response to a growing Wall Street crisis (which is much less severe than in OTL) by pushing and deregulation bill through Congress. The markets rally in response to this and with American troops coming home from the Middle East, McCain's approvals rise seven points to 54%.