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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 - Disney's Animal Kingdom
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1998: Disney's Animal Kingdom theme park opens at Walt Disney World near Orlando, Fla. It is the largest single Disney theme park in the world, covering more than 500 acres, and is also the first Disney theme park to be themed entirely around animal conservation.

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