On this day: August 19

Published On: Aug 15 2013 01:30:41 PM CDT   Updated On: Aug 19 2014 01:00:00 AM CDT

The Indianapolis Motor Speedway hosts its first auto race, The Beatles kick off their first American concert tour, Groucho Marx dies, Mike Tyson returns to the ring, and the last U.S. combat brigade leaves Iraq, all on this day.

OTD August 19 - California Gold Rush
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1848: The New York Herald breaks the news to the East Coast of the United States of the gold rush in California, although the rush had actually started in January. The California Gold Rush would bring 300,000 new arrivals to the state and help push California toward statehood.

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