The Planet Earth (JFK+50) Forty-five years ago today, April 22, 1970, the first Earth Day was celebrated. The purpose of Earth Day is to increase public awareness of environmental issues.
Earth Day was the brainchild 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 celebrations.
President John F. Kennedy was a man who, while proud of being an American, had a world view. Being the leader of the free world in the thermo-nuclear age, made him all to aware of the precarious nature of the 1960s and his responsibility to the people of Earth to maintain the peace.
Although Earth Day came along after his death, I am certain he would have welcomed it.
PRESIDENT NIXON DIED 21 YEARS AGO
Park Ridge, New Jersey (JFK+50) Richard Milhous Nixon, 37th President of the United States, died 21 years ago today, April 22, 1994. Mr. Nixon died at 9:08 p.m. with daughters Tricia and Julie by his side. His wife, Patricia Ryan Nixon, preceded him in death.
RMN served as Vice-President under Dwight D. Eisenhower and was defeated by Senator John F. Kennedy in the presidential election of 1960.
In 1968, Nixon defeated Vice-President Hubert Humphrey. Re-elected in 1972, he was forced to resign in 1974 due to the Watergate scandal. RMN is buried at the Richard M. Nixon Presidential Library in Yorba Linda, California.