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On this day: April 22

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

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 - Jack Nicholson
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1937: Actor Jack Nicholson, best known for movies such as "Chinatown," "The Shining," "Batman," "A Few Good Men" and "The Departed," is born in Neptune City, N.J. Nicholson has won Oscars for his roles in "One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest," "As Good as It Gets" and "Terms of Endearment" and has been nominated a total of 12 times, making him the most nominated male actor of all time.

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