Richard Milhous Nixon was born this day, Jan. 9, 1913. A lieutenant commander in the Navy during World War II, he was a congressman, senator, and vice president under Eisenhower. He lost his first presidential race to John F. Kennedy by the smallest margin ever in a presidential election. He served as America's 37th president before resigning. In his Inaugural Address, President Nixon stated: "No man can be fully free while his neighbor is not. ... This means black and white together as one nation, not two. ... What remains is ... to insure ... that as all are born equal in dignity before God, all are born equal in dignity before man."