Park Ridge, New Jersey (JFK+50) Richard Milhous Nixon, 37th President of the United States, died 20 years ago today, April 22, 1994, of complications of a stroke he suffered four days earlier.
Mr. Nixon was stricken at his home here in Park Ridge. He was taken by ambulance to the hospital where he slipped into a coma.
Former President Nixon died at 9:08 p.m. with daughters Tricia and Julie by his side. His wife, Patricia Ryan Nixon, preceded him in death.
Nixon served as Vice-President under Dwight D. Eisenhower and was defeated by Senator John F. Kennedy in the presidential election of 1960.
Two years later, Mr. Nixon lost a bid to be governor of California. An obviously bitter candidate told reporters in his press conference...
"You won't have Nixon to kick around anymore."
Despite those words, Richard Nixon made a comeback in 1968 and defeated Vice-President Hubert Humphrey to become the 37th President.
Nixon's first term, 1969-1973 was marked by notable foreign policy achievements including his ground-breaking visit to Communist China.
Elected to a 2nd term in 1972, President Nixon was mired in the "Watergate" scandal which culminated in his resignation in 1974.
Richard Milhous Nixon is buried at the Richard M. Nixon Presidential Library in Yorba Linda, California.
Richard M. Nixon
37th US President
FIRST EARTH DAY CELEBRATED 44 YEARS AGO
To increase public awareness of environmental issues, EARTH DAY was celebrated 44 years ago today, April 22, 1970, in the United States for the first time.
Earth Day was the idea of Senator Gaylord Nelson of Wisconsin, an environmentalist, who said:
"The objective (is) to get a nationwide demonstration of concern for the environment so large that it (will) shake the political establishment out of its lethargy."
On April 22, 1990, the 20th anniversary of EARTH DAY, 200 million people in 141 countries took part in the Earth Day celebrations.