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.
1994: President Richard M. Nixon, the 37th president of the United States, dies at age 81 in New York City, four days after suffering a stroke. Nixon served as president from 1969 to 1974, when he resigned over the Watergate scandal, becoming the only president to resign the office.
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