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.
1971: William Griffith "Bill" Wilson, the co-founder of Alcoholics Anonymous, dies of emphysema complicated by pneumonia at the age of 75 while en route to treatment in Miami, Fla. Wilson, who drank no alcohol for the last 37 years of his life, was commonly known as "Bill W." or "Bill" during his life, following AA's Twelfth Tradition of anonymity.
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