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.
1975: Actor and comedian Larry Fine, best known as a member of the comedy act The Three Stooges, dies at the age of 72 in Woodland Hills, California. Fine suffered a debilitating stroke in January 1970 that paralyzed the left side of his body and left him confined to a wheelchair the rest of his life. He also suffered several other strokes leading up to his death. Fine was born Louis Feinberg in 1902.
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