SEPTEMBER 23, 1952 Vice-presidential candidate Richard M. Nixon delivers his famous “Checkers Speech” — and keeps his place on the Republican ticket. After being selected as Dwight D. Eisenhower’s running mate press reports emerged of a slush fund created by some of Nixon’s wealthy California backers. To answer accusations of impropriety and personal enrichment, Nixon went on national television and detailed his family’s modest finances, including the “respectable Republican cloth coat” (not a fur coat) worn by his wife Pat. Closing the half-hour address, Nixon admitted he had accepted one political gift — a cocker spaniel his daughter Tricia had named Checkers — and said he intended to keep it. The speech drew strong support from voters, and the Eisenhower-Nixon ticket handily won the election two months later.