On this day: April 22

POSTED: 11:48 AM PDT Apr 19, 2013    UPDATED: 11:00 PM PDT Apr 21, 2016 

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.

OTD April 22 - Adolf Hitler
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1945: After learning that his orders to attack Soviet troops closing in on Berlin had been ignored by SS Gen. Felix Steiner, Adolf Hitler falls into a tearful rage in his underground bunker. He declares that the war is lost, blames his generals and announces that he would stay on in Berlin until the end and then kill himself. He would commit suicide in the bunker eight days later.


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