ON THIS DAY IN UNITED STATES HISTORY
December 28, 1973
The Endangered Species Act
is Signed by President Nixon
On this day in 1973, the Endangered Species Act, created by the U.S. Congress at the request of President
Richard M. Nixon, was signed into law.
The purpose of the Act is to protect species as well as the ecosystems on which they depend but only applies to
species that are officially listed as "threatened" or "endangered".