TODAY IN HISTORY: The First Earth Day (April 22, 1970)
On April 22th of each year, millions of people around the world celebrate Earth Day. This day is regarded by many to mark the birth of the modern environmental movement.
Gaylord Nelson, a Democratic Senator from Wisconsin, was the principal founder of the first Earth Day. Senator Nelson hired a young environmental activist, Denis Hayes, as the coordinator for the first Earth Day event.
More than 20 millions American participated in the first Earth Day.