Longtime Politician Dies
On this day, John Connally, a former Secretary of the Navy for LBJ, Governor of Texas, and Secretary of the Treasury for Nixon, died. Connally dodged a few bullets in his time: he was in the limo when President Kennedy was assassinated, and got through the troubled Nixon administration relatively unscathed. As Treasury Secretary Connally was involved in a bribery scandal, and also experienced trouble getting the nation through the financial woes of the 1970s. Though acquitted of charges in the bribery scandal, Connally's repution was severely damaged. He tried an unsuccessful run for President, then made some bad business decisions before fading into relative obscurity.