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.
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.
Courtesy of NOAA/Institute for Exploration/University of Rhode Island
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