Thousands rush to claim land in Oklahoma, the first nationwide Earth Day takes place, Richard Nixon dies, federal agents seize Elián González, and the Deepwater Horizon drilling rig sinks while spewing oil, all on this day.
1926: Actress Charlotte Rae, best known for playing Edna Garrett on the sitcoms "Diff'rent Strokes" and "The Facts of Life," is born in Milwaukee, Wis.
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