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This Day In History: April 22

Today is the 113th day of 2008 and the 34th day of spring.

TODAY'S HISTORY: In 1500, Pedro Cabral became the first European to see modern-day Brazil. In 1889, Oklahoma was opened to settlers, who swarmed the state in a great land rush. In 1954, the first of the U.S. Senate's Army-McCarthy hearings were broadcast. In 1993, the U.S. Holocaust Museum was dedicated in Washington, DC. In 2000, immigration agents seized Elian Gonzalez from his relatives' house in Miami in order to return him to his father in Cuba.

TODAY'S BIRTHDAYS: Henry Fielding (1707-54), novelist; Immanuel Kant (1724-1804), philosopher; Vladimir Ilyich Lenin (1870-1924), Soviet leader; J. Robert Oppenheimer (1904-67), physicist; Charles Mingus (1922-79), jazz musician; Jack Nicholson (1936- ), actor, is 72; John Waters (1946- ), filmmaker, is 62; Peter Frampton (1950- ), rock musician, is 58.

TODAY'S SPORTS: In 1914, Babe Ruth, then a Baltimore pitcher, appeared in his first professional baseball game, shutting out Providence, 6-0.

TODAY'S QUOTE: "All our knowledge begins with the sense, proceeds then to understanding, and ends with reason. " - Immanuel Kant

TODAY'S FACT: The Army-McCarthy hearings were the first nationally televised congressional inquiry.

TODAY'S NUMBER: 69,898 - area (in square miles) of the state of Oklahoma.

TODAY'S MOON: Between full moon (April 20) and last quarter (April 28).

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