Lyndon B. Johnson signs the Wilderness Act, and Abbie Hoffman emerges from hiding.
Tue, Sep 03 2013 at 6:00 AM
Sept. 3, 1964:
The Wilderness Act
is signed by President Lyndon B. Johnson, protecting 9 million acres of wilderness, mostly in the western United States.
Sept. 3, 1980:
Vietnam-era activist Abbie Hoffman
(at right, in 1969) emerges from hiding after spending years as a fugitive from drug charges. In the late '70s, Hoffman hid in broad daylight under the pseudonym “Barry Freed.” He led the upstate New York group Save the River and successfully fought plans by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to dredge the St. Lawrence River. Hoffman tapes a TV interview with Barbara Walters, and surrenders to the police the next day.
Sept. 3, 2002:
The U.N.’s summit on Sustainable Development
forges agreements between nations to create safe energy and clean water projects in the developing world, and to protect biodiversity.
Photo: Wikimedia Commons
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