The Profumo Affair
The Profumo Affair was a 1963 British political scandal named after John Profumo, Secretary of State for War. His affair with Christine Keeler, the reputed mistress of an alleged Soviet spy, followed by his lying in the House of Commons when he was questioned about it, forced the resignation of Profumo and damaged the reputation of Prime Minister Harold Macmillan’s government. Macmillan himself resigned a few months later because of ill health.
The Wilbur Mills Scandal
Wilbur Mills was a popular US congressman, but things fell apart for him after getting a DUI right after engaging in a scuffle with Argentinean stripper, Fanne Fox. To make things even more comical, when he was pulled over, she was actually with him in the car. Before the police officer could even say a word, however, she jumped out the back and dove into a drainage ditch, after which she was taken to a mental hospital and left Wilbur with some serious explaining to do.
The Keating Five
The Keating Five were five United States Senators accused of corruption in 1989, igniting a major political scandal as part of the larger Savings and Loan crisis of the late 1980’s. Basically they had prevented Charles Keating, Chairman of the Lincoln Savings and Loan Association from being audited in return for receiving campaign funding. Unfortunately for everybody else in America, the association collapsed under the corruption, causing billions of dollars worth of damages and ruining the reputations of the senators.
The Appalachian Trail Lie
From June 18 until June 24, 2009, the whereabouts of politician Mark Sanford were unknown to the public, as well as to his wife and the State Law Enforcement Division, which provided security for him. He had told his staff that he would be hiking the Appalachian Trial but failed to answer any phone calls. Not long afterwards, however, reporter Gina Smith ran into him at the airport in Atlanta returning from Argentina. Apparently he had a mistress and had decided to go pay her a visit.
Prince Harry's Nazi Costume
Long before his picture perfect royal wedding, Prince Harry attended a private party and was photographed wearing an armband with a Nazi insignia. While this was only one of many scandals the hard-partying prince was caught up in during his adolescence, it was the most memorable for many, and led to an official apology by the prince and palace.