Though younger people may only think of the classic film Point Break (directed by Academy Award winner Kathryn Bigelow, incidentally) when hearing Nixon's name, and older people may simply associate him with Watergate, Nixon also has a somewhat-forgotten environmental legacy. Here are a few memorable highlights from that aspect of his career as president:
- March 5, 1970: The Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty, 21 U.S.T. 483, 729 U.N.T.S. 161, enters into force.
- July 9, 1970: Nixon announces a plan (Reorganization Plans 3 and 4 of 1970) to establish the Environmental Protection Agency and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.
- Dec. 13, 1970: Nixon signs the Clean Air Act of 1970