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This Day In History: Apr. 22

This Day in History

1500: Pedro Cabral becomes the first European to see what is now Brazil.
1889: The United States opens Oklahoma to white settlement; claims for 2 million acres are rapidly staked by 50,000 settlers.
1898: The United States blockades Cuba in aid of independence forces.
1954: Sen. Joseph McCarthy (R, WI) begins holding televised hearings into alleged Communist influence in the Army.
1970: Millions of Americans participate in the first Earth Day.
1987: The Supreme Court upholds the death penalty after a challenge that its use is influenced by race.
1997: Peruvian soldiers storm the Japanese ambassador's residence in Peru, where members of the Tupac Amaru guerrilla group have held hostages for several months. All but one of the hostages are rescued.
2000: Armed U.S. Immigration agents stage predawn raid to seize 6-year-old Cuban refugee Elián González from his Miami relatives and reunite him with his father in Cuba.
2004: Football player Pat Tillman, who gave up a career in the NFL to serve in the U.S. Army, is killed in Afghanistan by friendly fire.

Today's Birthdays

1707: Henry Fielding, novelist (Sharpham Park, Somerset, England; died 1754)
1724: Immanuel Kant, philosopher (Konigsberg, Germany; died 1804)
1870: Vladimir Ilyich Lenin, Soviet leader (Simbirsk, Volga; died 1924)
1904: J. Robert Oppenheimer, physicist (New York, NY; died 1967)
1908: Eddie Albert, actor (Rock Island, IL; died 2005)
1916: Sir Yehudi Menuhin, violinist/conductor (New York, NY; died 1999)
1922: Charles Mingus, jazz musician (Nogales, AZ; died 1979)
1923: Bettie Page, model (Nashville, TN)
1926: Charlotte Rae, actress (Milwaukee, WI). Sir James Stirling, British architect (Glasgow, Scotland; died 1992)
1928: Aaron Spelling, TV writer/producer (Dallas, TX)
1929: Guillermo Cabrera Infante, exiled Cuban writer, author of Three Trapped Tigers (Gibara, Cuba; died 2005)
1936: Glen Campbell, singer (Billstown, AR)
1937: Jack Nicholson, actor (Neptune, NJ)
1939: Jason Miller, playwright/actor (Scranton, PA)
1941: Ann-Margret, actress (Stockholm, Sweden)
1944: Steve Fossett, adventurer, balloonist (Jackson, TN)
1946: John Waters, filmmaker (Baltimore, MD)
1950: Peter Frampton, singer (Kent, England)
1961: Byron Allen, comedian/actor (Detroit, MI)
1964: Chris Makepeace, actor (Montreal, Quebec, Canada)

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