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.
1986: L. Ron Hubbard, a pulp fiction author and the founder of the Church of Scientology, dies at the age of 74 in Creston, Calif., a week after suffering a stroke.
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