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From Watergate to Weinergate: 40 Years of Infamous 'Gates'

By Lauren Vicary and Kirsten Salyer - 2012-06-14T20:34:33Z

Photograph by Kevin Mazur/WireImage/Getty Images

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The split-second glimpse of Janet Jackson's breast during the 2004 Super Bowl halftime show in Houston gave viewers more than they expected. The Federal Communications Commission fined CBS Corp. $550,000 for indecency, which the U.S. appeals court threw out. Such indecency fines are currently being reviewed in a case before the U.S. Supreme Court, FCC v. Fox, in which the broadcaster is arguing that the First Amendment right of free speech is being violated by the decency regulations. In addition to becoming known as "Nipplegate," the exposure gave us the phrase "wardrobe malfunction."