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Reporters Bob Woodward and Carl Bernstein's Watergate papers are seen on display at the Harry Ransom Humanities Research Center at the University of Texas February 4, 2005 in Austin, Texas.
Forty years ago, an $80 a week security guard named Frank Wills was on duty in the Watergate office complex in Washington, DC when he noticed a piece of duct tape keeping an office door unlocked.
He took it off. When he made his rounds again, someone had put a new piece of tape back on. He called the police. The door was to the offices of the Democratic National Committee, and the men inside were burglars working on behalf of Republicans. Their arrest and subsequent cover-ups led to the resignation, two years later, of President Richard Nixon, in a political scandal named after the building – Watergate. The suffix ‘’gate’’ has been appended to political scandals ever since.