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.
1996: Humorist and writer Erma Bombeck, who became famous for her newspaper column describing suburban home life from the mid-1960s until the late 1990s, dies of complications from a kidney transplant at the age of 69 in San Francisco, California. Bombeck also published 15 books, most of which became bestsellers.
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