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Happy Earth Day!

I saw a note that the date for Earth Day (April 22) was chosen because it was V. I. Lenin’s birthday.

Well, interesting, but that is probably not correct, given the stated rationale of the founder of Earth Day, U.S. Senator Gaylord Nelson (Wisconsin) — but still, it is a fun thought isn’t it?

Note this hilarious entry in Wikipedia:

April 22, 1970 was the 100th birthday of Vladimir Lenin. Time reported that some suspected the date was not a coincidence, but a clue that the event was “a Communist trick,” and quoted a member of the Daughters of the American Revolution as saying, “Subversive elements plan to make American children live in an environment that is good for them.” J. Edgar Hoover, director of the U.S. Federal Bureau of Investigation, may have found the Lenin connection intriguing; it was alleged the FBI conducted surveillance at the 1970 demonstrations. The idea that the date was chosen to celebrate Lenin’s centenary still persists in some quarters, although Lenin was never noted as an environmentalist.

“Lenin was never noted as an environmentalist.”

Uh . . . yeah . . . . I think that’s accurate.

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