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.
1965: British politician Winston Churchill, best known for his leadership of the United Kingdom during World War II, dies at the age of 90 in London, England, nine days after suffering a stroke, his fourth since 1949. Churchill served as British prime minister twice (1940–45 and 1951–55) and was also an officer in the British Army, a historian, a writer, and an artist. He is the only British prime minister to have received the Nobel Prize in Literature.
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