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 - Santa Anna
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1836: A day after the Battle of San Jacinto during the Texas Revolution, forces under Texas Gen. Sam Houston capture Mexican Gen. Antonio López de Santa Anna. While captive in Texas, Santa Anna signed a treaty recognizing the independence of Texas in exchange for his life and transport back to Mexico. However, the government in Mexico City declared the treaty null and void and Santa Anna spent the next year in exile in America.


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