This was 112th day of the year and 253 days remained in the year.
The Spanish poet Cervantes died in Madrid. (Some sources say April 23.)
Congress authorized the inscription "In God We Trust" on coins minted as U.S. currency.
The land rush in Oklahoma began when it was opened to settlers.
The first Earth Day was observed.
Richard M. Nixon died of a stroke at the age of 81.
Armed immigration agents took Elian Gonzalez from the Miami home of his relatives to reunite him with his father.
Note: Dates in the Islamic calendar are provided for planning purposes only, and calculated with the hdate Islamic calendar program for moonrise in Boston, Masschusetts. Depending on your location and other factors, this result may differ from actual religious observances by one day. Please consult your local religious authority for any religious determinations of hejiric date.