On this day: April 22

Published: Apr 19 2013 02:48:16 PM EDT   Updated On: Apr 22 2015 02:00:00 AM EDT

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 - Albert Pujols
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2014: Albert Pujols of the Los Angeles Angels becomes the 26th MLB player to reach 500 career home runs, connecting for two homers in a 7-2 win over the Washington Nationals at Nationals Park in Washington, D.C. He became the third youngest to reach the milestone and also the first player to hit career home runs 499 and 500 in the same game.

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