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On this day: December 5

POSTED: 10:00 PM PST Dec 04, 2012    UPDATED: 11:00 PM PST Dec 04, 2013 

Mozart and Monet die, the 21st Amendment repealing prohibition is ratified, the Montgomery Bus Boycott begins, and O.J. Simpson heads to prison, all on this day.

OTD December 5 - California Gold Rush
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1848: In a message before the U.S. Congress, President James K. Polk confirms that large amounts of gold had been discovered in California, helping set off the state's gold rush. The California Gold Rush would bring 300,000 new arrivals to the state and help push California toward statehood.

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