April 22

1500

Pedro Alvares Cabral discovered Brazil and claimed it for Portugal.

1509

Henry VIII became king of England.

1616

The Spanish poet Cervantes died in Madrid. (Some sources say April 23.)

1864

Congress authorized the inscription "In God We Trust" on coins minted as U.S. currency.

1889

The land rush in Oklahoma began when it was opened to settlers.

1970

The first Earth Day was observed.

1994

Richard M. Nixon died of a stroke at the age of 81.

2000

Armed immigration agents took Elian Gonzalez from the Miami home of his relatives to reunite him with his father.

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