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.
1848: James W. Marshall finds gold at Sutter's Mill near Sacramento, Calif., setting off the California Gold Rush, which would bring 300,000 new arrivals to the state and help push California toward statehood.
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