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Earth Day: A Look Back At The First Event

24 days ago   |   By CBS

The first Earth Day happened 51 years ago. In 1970, Richard Nixon was president. The country was embroiled in the Vietnam War, made all the more intense by the ongoing Cold War with the Soviet Union. The Kansas City Chiefs beat the Minnesota Vikings to win Super Bowl IV. Smoking ads were still allowed on TV. Gas cost $.36 per gallon.
Over two-thirds of all Americans alive today had yet to be born.
CBS News correspondent Walter Cronkite described that first Earth Day as “a day dedicated to enlisting all the citizens of a bountiful country in a common cause of saving life from the deadly...
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