On this day in 1970–when water and air pollution were out of control–20 million Americans observed the first Earth Day in colleges, schools and communities. The movement’s leader, Sen. Gaylord Nelson, directly credited this outpouring of public support with persuading U.S. politicians that environmental issues had a voting constituency. Within two years, we saw passage of the Clean Air Act, the Clean Water Act, establishment of the EPA, the ban on DDT, and the reduction of lead from paint. Today Earth Day is celebrated annually around the globe.
MORE Good News on this Day:
- The Oklahoma Land Rush began at noon as thousands of homesteaders staked claims (1889)
- British yachtsman Sir Robin Knox-Johnston completed the first solo non-stop circumnavigation of the world (1969)
- Pink Floyd‘s legendary album, Dark Side Of The Moon, set the record for total consecutive weeks on the Billboard 200– 741 weeks over 14 years (1988)
- Japan‘s Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi apologized for Japan’s war record (2005)
Happy 80th Birthday to country singer and actor Glen Campbell known for hit songs like, “Gentle on my Mind” (written by John Hartford), “Rhinestone Cowboy ,” (by Larry Weiss), and By the Time I Get to Phoenix,” “Galveston,” and “Wichita Lineman” (Jimmy Webb). Campbell personally was chosen by John Wayne to be his co-star in the film True Grit. The guitar player also landed a TV variety show for a few years called The Glen Campbell Goodtime Hour. During his 50 years in show business, Campbell has released more than 70 albums. He has sold 45 million records and accumulated 12 RIAA Gold albums, 4 Platinum albums and 1 Double-Platinum album (b. 1936).
After a 2012 farewell tour, with his three children as backup band, Campbell has become a patient at an Alzheimer’s long-term care facility in the last stages of the disease.
WATCH a video below, from 1999, where he is surrounded by some of the greatest legends of Country Music–and showing off some nice guitar work…
Other notable birthdays: Jack Nicholson, 79.