On this day: April 22

Published On: Apr 19 2013 01:48:16 PM CDT   Updated On: Apr 22 2014 01:00:00 AM CDT

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 - Linda Lovelace
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2002: Linda Susan Boreman, better known by her stage name Linda Lovelace and for her role in the enormously successful 1972 adult film "Deep Throat," dies at the age of 53 in Denver, Colo., from injuries she suffered in an April 3, 2002, car accident. In her third autobiography, 1980's "Ordeal," she claimed she had been hypnotized, beaten and threatened at gunpoint to have sex in front of the cameras and spent the rest of her life campaigning against pornography. "Deep Throat" achieved unprecedented popularity among mainstream audiences and quickly became a pop culture reference, most notably when then–Washington Post managing editor Howard Simons chose the film's title as the pseudonym for a Watergate informant.

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