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.
1923: Model Bettie Page, who became famous in the 1950s for her pin-up photos, is born in Nashville, Tenn. Page was Miss January 1955, one of the earliest Playmates of the Month for Playboy magazine. After years of obscurity, she experienced a resurgence of popularity in the 1980s. She died at age 85 on Dec. 11, 2008.
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