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Infoplease - This Day in History

Events from This Day in History from the Editors of Infoplease

Published: Sun, 22 Apr 2018 04:00:00 UTC

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April 22, 1500: Pedro Alvares Cabral discovered Brazil and claimed it for Portugal.

April 22, 1616: The Spanish poet Cervantes died in Madrid. (Some sources say April 23.)

April 22, 1889: The land rush in Oklahoma began when it was opened to settlers.

April 22, 1994: Richard M. Nixon died of a stroke at the age of 81.

April 22, 2000: Armed immigration agents took Elian Gonzalez from the Miami home of his relatives to reunite him with his father.