Generally we think Earth Day equates to planting trees or picking up garbage along the highway. However, there are obscure facts that also make it unique. The history holds intriguing trivia. Without further ado, here are five interesting facts about Earth Day that you might not have known.
April 22, 1970 was the first government sanctioned Earth day 
In 1969 Senator Gaylord Nelson announced Earth Day would be observed on April 22, 1970. His reasoning was that it’s “…before summer recess for grade and high schools, and it avoided exam time on college campuses”  .
Earth Day coincides with Vladimir Lenin’s birthday (April 22, 1870)
When the date for Earth Day was announced, the John Birch Society became suspicious believing it was a plot to honor Lenin’s 100th birthday .
John McConnell (March 22, 1915 – October 20, 2012  ) is recognized as founder and creator of Earth Day
McConnell conceptualized Earth Day in 1968 to be observed during the vernal equinox   . He announced his idea in November 1969 at a U.N. conference. Subsequently, the first spring equinox Earth Day took place in March 1970.
Earth Day is celebrated annually on the spring equinox by ringing the Peace Bell outside U.N. headquarters in New York 
This observance has occurred every year since its creation in 1970. The event timing signifies when night and day are equal around the world. It draws attention to the mutual obligation of people to be responsible stewards of Earth.
The Earth Day flag is a symbol of global concern
John McConnell “was inspired by photographs of Earth taken from outer space and created the original Earth Flag, which has since been flown in most countries, the North Pole, the South Pole and aboard Mir”  .
Whether you believe Earth Day was “stolen” from McConnell or not  , concern for our environment is universal. So celebrate; plant flowers, revel in spring, and celebrate the beauty of Earth.
 Official U.S. government holidays http://www.usa.gov/citizens/holidays.shtml
 http://books.google.com/books?id=MEeaVzI0NsgC&pg=PA7#v=onepage&q&f=false Beyond Earth Day: Fulfilling the Promise by Gaylord Nelson, Susan M. Campbell, Paul A. Wozniak, P. 7
 http://books.google.com/books?id=MEeaVzI0NsgC&pg=PA7#v=onepage&q&f=false Beyond Earth Day: Fulfilling the Promise by Gaylord Nelson, Susan M. Campbell, Paul A. Wozniak, P. 8
 http://www.monarchsociety.com/fh/obituaries/obituary.cfm?o_id=1758602&fh_id=14405 retrieved April 4, 2014.
 http://www.earthtrustee.org/about.php retrieved April 4, 2014.
 http://www.almanac.com/content/first-day-spring-vernal-equinox retrieved April 3, 2014.
 http://www.un.org/Pubs/CyberSchoolBus/earthday/peacebell_2004.asp retrieved April 4, 2014.
 http://www.earthtrustee.org/about.php retrieved April 2, 2014.
 http://www.earthtrustee.org/about.php , information at the Earth Trustee website was Written by Robert Weir author of John McConnell’s biography “Star of Hope: The Life and Times of Earth Day Founder John McConnell”.