Earth Day is April 22 of every year. April 22, 2020, will mark 50 years of Earth Day! On April 22, 1970, 20 million Americans—10% of the U.S. population at the time—protested to bring attention to the very concerning environmental issues of the day, including oil spills, dangerous smog levels, and rivers that were so polluted that they literally caught fire. Today, Earth Day is one of the biggest civic and community event in the world and is celebrated through action to protect and restore the planet, from joining a park cleanup to joining a climate or carbon initiative to taking part in the world’s largest citizen science initiative.
- BORN 1832: JULIUS STERLING MORTON (ARBOR DAY FOUNDER)
- 1838: SIRIUS BECAME FIRST SHIP TO COMPLETE TREK ACROSS ATLANTIC SOLELY BY STEAM
- 1885: EVERY STUDENT IN NEBRASKA CITY, NEBRASKA PLANTED AT LEAST ONE TREE IN HONOR OF THE FIRST OFFICIAL ARBOR DAY, WHICH WAS FOUNDED BY JULIUS STERLING MORTON
- 1920: SYMPHONY SOCIETY OF N.Y. BEGAN FIRST EUROPEAN TOUR BY U.S. ORCHESTRA
- BORN 1923: AARON SPELLING (TELEVISION PRODUCER)
- BORN 1926: CHARLOTTE RAE (ACTRESS)
- 1928: RAY KEECH DROVE 207,552 MPH IN THE “WHITE TRIPLEX” CAR
- BORN 1950: PETER FRAMPTON (MUSICIAN)
- 1952: JACQUES COUSTEAU GRANTED PATENT FOR DIVING APPARATUS
- BORN 1959: RYAN STILES (COMEDIAN & ACTOR)
- 1963: LESTER PEARSON INAUGURATED AS PRIME MINISTER OF CANADA
- 1969: DOCTORS IN HOUSTON, TEXAS, PERFORMED THE FIRST SUBSTANTIAL HUMAN EYE TRANSPLANT
- 1970: THE FIRST EARTH DAY WAS CELEBRATED IN THE UNITED STATES
- 1978: THE BLUES BROTHERS MADE THEIR FIRST APPEARANCE ON SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE
- 1979: IN WASHINGTON, D.C., THE ALBERT EINSTEIN MEMORIAL WAS UNVEILED ON THE GROUNDS OF THE NATIONAL ACADEMY OF SCIENCES
- 1993: THE HOLOCAUST MEMORIAL MUSEUM WAS DEDICATED IN WASHINGTON, D.C.
- DIED 1994: RICHARD M. NIXON (37TH U.S. PRESIDENT)
- DIED 1996: ERMA BOMBECK (HUMORIST)
- DIED 2004: FORMER NFL PLAYER PAT TILLMAN WAS KILLED WHILE SERVING AS AN ARMY RANGERS SOLDIER IN AFGHANISTAN. TILLMAN WALKED AWAY FROM A $3.6 MILLION CONTRACT WITH THE ARIZONA CARDINALS TO JOIN THE MILITARY AFTER THE SEPTEMBER 11, 2001 TERRORIST ATTACKS IN THE U.S.
- 2007: RED SOX PLAYERS MANNY RAMIREZ, J. D. DREW, MIKE LOWELL, AND JASON VARITEK HIT 4 CONSECUTIVE HOME RUNS. THIS WAS A FIRST IN RED SOX HISTORY