The California Gold Rush begins, the Eskimo Pie is patented, Jackie Robinson is elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame, and the first Apple Macintosh goes on sale, all on this day.
1955: World War II hero Ira Hayes, a Pima Native American and a U.S. Marine who was one of the six men immortalized in the iconic photograph of the flag raising on Iwo Jima during the war, dies of exposure and alcohol poisoning at the age of 32 in Bapchule, Ariz.
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