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 - Guadalajara explosions
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Disaster Recovery Journal

1992: A series of explosions in the sewer system in Guadalajara, Mexico, kills 206 people, injures nearly 500 more and leaves 15,000 homeless. Design errors had allowed gas to seep into the city's main sewer pipe and caused gas fumes to build up in the pipes, resulting in 10 explosions that leveled nearly five miles of streets.


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