In 1972, the headquarters of the Democratic National Committee, then located on the sixth floor of the Watergate Office Building, was burglarized with documents photographed and telephones wiretapped. The investigation into the burglary revealed that high officials in the administration of President Richard Nixon had ordered the break-in and then tried to cover up their involvement. Additional crimes were also uncovered. The ensuing Watergate scandal, named for the complex, led to Nixon's resignation on August 9, 1974. The name "Watergate" and the suffix "-gate" have since become synonymous with controversial topics in the United States and elsewhere.