Today is the 149th anniversary of Vladimir Lenin’s birthday, more popularly known today as “Earth Day”. The first Earth Day took place on the 100th anniversary of VL’s birthday, although some of the founders deny that they were aware of it at the time.
The story goes that one of the founders of Earth Day, Ira Einhorn (although it has been denied that he was) murdered and composted his girlfriend. On Mar. 28, 1979, a homicide detective discovered the body of Helen “Holly” Maddux rotting in a trunk in Einhorn’s home 18 months after she was reported missing. Einhorn, said it was a set-up by some who opposed his antiwar activism. He fled the country just days before his trial was set to begin in 1981, but was tried in absentia and found guilty of murder in 1993. After being on the run in Europe for over 15 years, he was extradited to the U.S. and was convicted by a jury of first-degree murder in 2002 and sentenced to life in prison.
Whatever the truth may be, Einhorn was definitely present at the first Earth Day rally in Philadelphia, although I can understand why the organizers attempted to put as much distance between themselves and Einhorn as they possibly could.
I suggest that you celebrate the day in whatever manner you see fit.