On this day in 2002, former President Jimmy Carter wins the Nobel Peace Prize “for his decades of untiring effort to find peaceful solutions to international conflicts, to advance democracy and human rights, and to promote economic and social development.”
The peanut farmer and former governor of Georgia served one term as U.S. president between 1977 and 1981, following the debacle of Nixon’s resignation and Gerald Ford’s 29-month care-taking tenure. One of Carter’s key achievements in office was mediating the peace talks between Israel and Egypt in 1978. The Nobel Committee had wanted to give Carter (1924- ) the prize that year for his efforts, along with Anwar Sadat and Menachim Begin, but was prevented from doing so by a technicality; Carter had not been nominated by the official deadline.
To this day Carter still swings a hammer for Habitat for Humanity, kicks cancer’s ass, continues his commitment to justice, equality and fairness and remains deeply in love with his wife of 72 years, Rosalynn Carter.