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.
2004: Pat Tillman, the NFL player who left professional football and enlisted in the U.S. Army in June 2002 in the aftermath of the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks, dies at age 27 in a friendly fire incident during a firefight with hostile forces in Sperah, Afghanistan. The Army at first reported that Tillman had been killed by enemy fire, and then Lt. Gen. Stanley A. McChrystal approved the award of a Silver Star.
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