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On this day: April 22

Published: Apr 19 2013 02:48:16 PM EDT   Updated On: Apr 22 2013 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 - Richie Havens
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2013: Folk singer and guitarist Richie Havens, known for soulful covers of pop and folk songs, and his opening performance at the 1969 Woodstock Festival, dies of a heart attack at age 72 in Jersey City, N.J.

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    Hundreds missing after South Korean ferry sinks

    Rescue boats and helicopters are scrambling to find almost 300 passengers, including scores of high school students, missing after a ferry sank off the southwest coast of South Korea.

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  • Daffy Duck's debut, Porky's Duck Hunt, 1937

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    On this day: April 17

    Benjamin Franklin dies, Daffy Duck makes his debut, the Bay of Pigs invasion begins, the ill-fated Apollo 13 returns to Earth, and two Los Angeles police officers are convicted in the Rodney King beating, all on this day.