The first Earth Day took place on a Wednesday, April 22, 1970, Vladimir Lenin’s one-hundredth birthday. It was no accident.

Today, Kansas Citians will be celebrating Earth Day at Powell Gardens or Lakeside Nature Center or Science City or maybe at the Earth Day 5K and 10K runs.

The more ideologically inclined can join the soi-disant “March for Science” at Washington Square Park. The march is followed by an after party/ environmental fund raiser in the Bier Station Parking Lot. Say the organizers, “think: our massive, Planned Parenthood Great Plains event.” But even those folks likely do not know why the event is being held on April 22.

It all goes back to the first Earth Day, which took place on April 22, 1970, a Wednesday. How this seemingly arbitrary date was picked has been lost to history. No one has taken public credit for choosing it.

Still, one does not have to be a conspiracy theorist to suspect that the choice of date might have had something to do with the fact that April 22, 1970, was Vladimir Lenin’s one-hundredth birthday.

As historian Paul Kengor has observed, the selection of April 22 “didn’t escape notice in 1970.” According to Kengor, the major media had not yet yielded to the passion of the masses.

As testament, Time magazine dared to comment critically that the first Earth Day “had aspects of a secular, almost pagan holiday.” Time also noted that 100,000 people marched in New York City that day. It was in New York, said Kengor, where the communist presence was strongest.

“Communists specialized in agitation and propaganda. They had a campaign for everything. They excelled at suckering impressionable liberal/progressive dupes, especially youth,” wrote Kengor, who added that he “would be amazed if communists had not been involved in Earth Day from the outset.”

Whoever chose the date chose wisely. The springtime pageantry gave students a pleasant reprieve from their strenuous anti-war activities and proved to be a huge success. In the years since, Earth Day has morphed into a messianic global institution, the commemoration of which is all but mandatory in many quarters, even here in Kansas City where everything is painfully up to date.


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  1. Hello, It was interesting to hear ya’ll’s presentation at the Pachyderm Club in Wichita yesterday.
    While you spout a lot about fake news;you are just fake news.
    This lead story is just nonsense.A rudimentary google search would have lead you to an article in Huffington post that quotes Sen. Nelson pointing out that the 22nd of April was during spring break for a majority of college students. He also points out the it is also St. Francis of Assisi’s birthday.
    It is easy to see your motives, money. If you can publish nonsense about the opposition it will generate donations from feeble minded individuals who are too lazy to verify anything they read off approved web sites.
    Your “scandal” about USD500 was just as ridiculous, you picked on the electric shop foreman.
    It is apparent you have never worked in the electrical trade. While the level of compensation seems high this is one of the only individuals who earns every dime. This compensation probably shows an individual who works 70 hour weeks.
    The scope of this individual’s duties would make you tired just to read. Not only is he responsible for many sites over a large area, there are legal requirements he must fulfill. Records of emergency generators must be exercised every week, fire alarms must pass inspections on every structure every year. This is required by the insurance companies. Keeping abreast of changes in regulations is just another of this worker’s duties.Not to mention emergencies, like lightning strikes.
    Why didn’t you see how many of the assistants to whomever spent their days warming a seat passing paper around;I’m confidant that you will find more waste there.
    The foreman has probably spent decades learning his trade, and using all those skills every day to keep kids safe.
    In your search for “fake news” I would suggest you look in the mirror.
    Love to hear from you, but I don’t expect rational communication from the likes of ya’ll.
    Just another propaganda organ publishing “conservative” nonsense to solicit funds, so you don’t have to really work.