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.
1941: Singer-songwriter Neil Diamond, whose eight No. 1 hits are "Cracklin' Rosie," "Song Sung Blue," "Desiree," "You Don't Bring Me Flowers," "Love on the Rocks," "America," "Yesterday's Songs" and "Heartlight," is born in Brooklyn, New York.
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