Watch: Decades ago, ABC anchor hoped 2017 eclipse would 'fall on a world at peace'

Screen grab of @paleofuture on Twitter 

At least one person hoped the world would be a different place in 2017.

ABC anchor Frank Reynolds was concluding coverage of the 1979 eclipse, the last time a total solar eclipse was visable from the continental U.S., when he offered up this profound statement of optimism.

“Not until Aug. 21, 2017, will another eclipse be visible from North America, that’s 38 years from now," Reynolds said. "May the shadow of the moon fall on a world at peace.”

You can watch the clip below.

The video stands in contrast to the 2017 eclipse, which came just weeks after the events in Charlottesville and Barcelona as well as the controversy surrounding the U.S. and North Korea.

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