The Florida EvergladesJan. 14, 1963: In his final State of the Union address before his assassination, U.S. President John F. Kennedy calls for improvements in health care, public transportation and the National Parks system. He says, "We shall be judged more by what we do at home than by what we preach abroad."

Jan. 14, 1970: U.S. President Richard M. Nixon intervenes to block completion of the partially built Big Cypress Jetport, citing potential harm to Florida’s Everglades (at right).

Jan. 14, 2010: A U.S. diplomat who helped lead his country’s delegation at the failed Copenhagen climate summit a month earlier suggests that the United Nations will never succeed in forging progress on addressing climate change. "The U.N. didn't manage the (Copenhagen) conference that well," said Jonathan Pershing. "I am not sure that any of us are particularly confident that the U.N. managing the near-term financing is the right way to go."

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