Earth Day was first celebrated in the year 1970, pushed into play through politics by Wisconsin Senator Gaylord Nelson. Sen Nelson was born on June 4th, 1916, in Clear Lake, Wisconsin and was known for his passion of environmental issues. In 1963, he was accompanied on his Conservation Tour with President John F. Kennedy, where he raised awareness of the environmental issues. In 1981, he became the counselor of The Wilderness Society, which was formed in 1935 and serve as America’s wilderness protecters. Today, they are still running strong with over 300,000 supporters. For all of his progress with Environmental issues, Nelson recieved the Presidential Medal of Freedom, which is “an especially meritorious contribution to the security or national interests of the United States, world peace, cultural or other significant public or private endeavors”. Nelson passed away July 3rd, 2005, 89, due to cardiovascular complications. The University of Wisconsin celebrated him for his devotion and love of nature by naming the Gaylord Nelson Institute of Environmental Studies after him. Also, the Gaylord Nelson Wilderness park and the Governer Nelson State Park were both named in his honor. For more information on the history of Gaylord Nelson and the development of Earth Day, go to: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gaylord_Nelson or http://easthaddam.patch.com/articles/history-of-earth-day
Other pieces of history on the day are:
1864: Congress allowed “In God We Trust” to be engraved on coins.
1937: Thousands of New York college students held a “peace strike” to avoid America entering a possible world conflict.
1952: The first atomic test broacasted on television of a nuclear explosion tested in Nevada.
1970: The first Earth Day.
1994: President Richard Nixon died, 81, in a New York hospital 4 days after suffering a stroke.
2011: “Syrian security forces fired at protesters, killing at least 75 people around the country. Pope Benedict XVI consoled a 7-year-old Japanese girl, reassured a mother about her ailing son’s soul and advised a Muslim woman that dialogue was the way to peace in Ivory Coast during an unusual, pre-recorded Good Friday appearance on Italian TV. A tornado ripped through Lambert-St. Louis International Airport, causing signifcant damage to the C Concourse.” Read more: http://www.gastongazette.com/articles/today-70065-day-history.html#ixzz1smZz2FO1