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.
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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