Hans Remembers- Wednesday April 22, 1970- 50 Years Ago.
- In a secret meeting at The White House- there was a meeting of the National Security Council. The reason for the meeting was U.S. President Richard Milhous Nixon gathering the brain trust to discuss the options for the United States response to the continuing use of Cambodia by the North Vietnamese Army and the Viet Cong as a base from which to launch attacks against American forces during the Vietnam War. There would be three options discussed and in the end Nixon chose to go with Vice President Spiro “Ted” Agnew’s argument for committing U.S. troops to Cambodia. Nixon had campaigned two years earlier claiming he had a ‘secret plan’ to end the war.
- The first Earth Day was celebrated in the United States. As the Associated Press reported “Across the nation, trash was gathered, streets swept, ponds and parks cleaned, trees and flowers planted as youth joined hands with age across the generation gap. In 2020 the 51st Earth Day will be celebrated in some way by 153 countries.
- Tom Seaver aka “Tom Terrific”- pitcher for the New York Mets struck out 19 San Diego Padres- tying the record at the time set by Steve Carlton. The Mets won the game 2-1. Seaver incredibly struck out the final ten Padres that he faced in the game.