Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Today in History: Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Today in History: Wednesday, April  22, 2015
AP Highlight in History: 
On April 22, 1889, the Oklahoma Land Rush began at noon as thousands of homesteaders staked claims.
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On this date in:
1509Henry VIII became king of England following the death of his father, Henry VII.
1864Congress authorized the use of the phrase "In God We Trust" on U.S. coins.
1870Communist revolutionary Vladimir Lenin was born Vladimir Ilyich Ulyanov in Simbirsk, Russia.
1954The televised Senate Army-McCarthy hearings began.
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1970Earth Day was observed for the first time.
1983The West German news magazine Stern announced the discovery of personal diaries purportedly written by Adolf Hitler that turned out to be a hoax.
1993The U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum was dedicated in Washington, D.C.
1994Richard M. Nixon, the 37th president of the United States, died at age 81 in New York City, four days after suffering a stroke.
2000Armed immigration agents seized Elian Gonzalez from his relatives' home in Miami; the 6-year-old boy was reunited with his father.
2004Pro football player Pat Tillman, who'd traded in a multimillion-dollar contract to serve as an Army Ranger in Afghanistan, was killed by friendly fire.
2005Zacarias Moussaoui pleaded guilty in federal court to conspiring with the Sept. 11 hijackers to kill Americans. (He was later sentenced to life in prison.)
2010The Deepwater Horizon oil platform, operated by BP, sank into the Gulf of Mexico two days after a massive explosion that killed 11 workers.
Highlights of This Day in History
Today's Birthdays:
Actress-talk show host Sherri Shepherd turns 48 years old today.
AP Photo/Evan Agostini
Charlotte RaeActress ("Facts of Life")89
Estelle HarrisActress ("Seinfeld")87
Jack NicholsonActor78
John WatersDirector69
Peter FramptonRock musician65
Paul CarrackRock singer, musician (Squeeze, Mike and the Mechanics)64
Joseph BottomsActor61
Ryan StilesActor ("Whose Line is It Anyway?")56
Byron AllenTV host, comedian ("Real People")54
Jeffrey Dean MorganActor ("Grey's Anatomy")49
Eric MabiusActor44
Amber HeardActress29
Country singer Glen Campbell turns 79 years old today.
AP Photo/Chris Pizzello
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