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.
1946: Filmmaker John Waters, best known for directing movies such as "Mondo Trasho," "Pink Flamingos," "Polyester," "Hairspray" and "Cry-Baby," is born in Baltimore, Maryland.
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