On this day: April 22

POSTED: 11:48 AM PDT Apr 19, 2013    UPDATED: 11:00 PM PDT Apr 21, 2014 

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 - Earth Day
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1970: The first nationwide Earth Day is celebrated in the U.S. as an environmental awareness event celebrated by millions of Americans with marches, educational programs, and rallies. A local Earth Day celebration had previously taken place on March 21, 1970, in San Francisco, Calif.

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