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Calendar for April 22nd, 2014

Earth Day

This observance arose from an interest in gathering national support for environmental issues. In 1970, San Francisco activist John McConnell and Wisconsin Senator Gaylord Nelson separately asked Americans to join in a grassroots demonstration. McConnell chose the spring equinox (March 21, 1970) and Nelson chose April 22. Millions of people participated, and today Earth Day continues to be widely celebrated with events on both dates.


  • Born 1451: Queen Isabella I of Spain

  • 1710s

  • Born 1711: Reverend Eleazar Wheelock (founded Dartmouth College)

  • 1830s

  • Born 1832: Julius Sterling Morton (Arbor Day founder)

  • 1838: Sirius became first ship to complete trek across Atlantic solely by steam

  • 1870s

  • 1878: First White House Easter Egg Roll

  • 1880s

  • 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

  • 1900s

  • Born 1904: J. Robert Oppenheimer (physicist)

  • 1920s

  • 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)

  • 1930s

  • Born 1936: Glen Campbell (country musician)

  • Born 1937: Jack Nicholson (actor)

  • 1950s

  • Born 1950: Peter Frampton (musician)

  • Born 1959: Ryan Stiles (comedian & actor)

  • 1960s

  • 1963: Lester Pearson inaugurated as prime minister of Canada

  • 1969: Doctors in Houston, Texas, performed the first substantial human eye transplant

  • 1970s

  • 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

  • 1980s

  • Died 1984: Ansel Adams (photographer)

  • 1990s

  • 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)

  • 2000s

  • 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

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