On this day: January 24

Published On: Jan 23 2013 04:50:58 PM CST   Updated On: Jan 24 2016 01:00:00 AM CST

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.

OTD January 24 - Edith Wharton
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1862: Writer Edith Wharton, who would become the first woman to win the Pulitzer Prize for Literature in 1921 for "The Age of Innocence," is born in New York City. Some of Wharton's other best-known novels include "Ethan Frome" and "The House of Mirth."

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