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.
1906: Actor Eddie Albert, best known for the sitcom "Green Acres" and his Oscar-nominated roles in "Roman Holiday" and "The Heartbreak Kid," is born Edward Albert Heimberger in Rock Island, Illinois. He died from pneumonia at age 99 on May 26, 2005.
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