International Earth Day
When : Always on Vernal Equinox
International Earth Day was initiated to make earth inhabitants aware of their responsibility to care for the planet. This care includes environmental and natural resources. International Earth Day was founded by John McConnell, of Davis City, Iowa. In September, 1969, he proposed the establishment of Earth Day to the San Francisco, California Board of Supervisors. After approval, he gained support from many others, including then UN General Secretary, U Thant.
In 1970, McConnell wrote an Earth Day Proclamation which was ultimately signed by UN Secretary General U Thant on March 21, 1971.
This day is also called Sun-Earth Day
Important Note: International Earth Day is different from the U.S. Earth Day, April 22.
International Earth Day Site www.earthsite.org/
Earth Day, EPA The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) was founded from the effort of the first Earth Day. http://www.epa.gov/earthday/
Earth Day Past, Present and Future www.wowzone.com/mc-lee.h
Earthday Network www.earthday.org/
The Story of Earthday http://www.planetpals.com/eart
This Day in History March 20
The Dutch East India Company is established. (1602)
The "Great Fire" of Boston, Massachusetts, destroys 349 buildings. (1760)
Harriet Beecher Stowe's Uncle Tom's Cabin is published. (1852)
The Republican Party of the United States is organized in Ripon, Wisconsin. (1854)
Albert Einstein publishes his general theory of relativity. (1916)
The USS Langley (CV-1) is commissioned as the first United States Navy aircraft carrier. (1922)
General Douglas MacArthur, at Terowie, South Australia, makes his famous speech regarding the fall of the Philippines, in which he says: "I came out of Bataan and I shall return". (1942)
The United States Senate ratifies a peace treaty with Japan. (1952)
Libby Riddles becomes the first woman to win the 1,135-mile Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race. (1985)
Legoland California, the only Legoland outside of Europe, opens in Carlsbad, California. (1999)
In the early hours of the morning, the United States and three other countries begin military operations in Iraq. (2003)