Nixon's Accomplishments and appointments
On the morning of July
Nixon addressed Neil
Armstrong and Buzz
Aldrin during their historic moonwalk,
live via telephone. Along with those of the astronauts, Nixon's
name and signature were inscribed on the plaques left behind by Apollo
11 in 1969 and Apollo
17 in 1972. Ironically it was the Democrat controlled Congress
and President Nixon who had wound down the NASA budget and
curtailed the Apollo program due to budget pressures caused
principally by the vast expense of US involvement in Vietnam. On January
Nixon approved the development of the Space
Shuttle program, a decision that profoundly influenced U.S.
efforts to explore and develop space for several decades
In 1972 Nixon was re-elected in one of the most massive landslide elections in U.S. political history, defeating George McGovern and garnering over 60% of the popular vote. He carried 49 of the 50 states, trailing only in Massachusetts.
On January 2, 1974 Nixon signed a bill that lowered the maximum US speed limit to 55 MPH in order to conserve gasoline during the 1973 energy crisis.
On April 3, Nixon announced he would pay $432,787.13 in back taxes plus interest after a congressional committee reported that he had inadvertently underpaid his 1969 and 1972 taxes.
Supreme Court appointments
Nixon appointed the following Justices to the Supreme Court of the United States:
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