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.
2010: After burning for two days following an explosion that killed 11 crewmen, the Deepwater Horizon drilling rig sinks into the Gulf of Mexico off the coast of Louisiana. The well continued to gush oil at the seabed, causing the largest offshore oil spill in U.S. history before it could be temporarily capped on July 15. Relief wells were used to permanently seal the well by Sept. 19, 2010.
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