1848 – James Marshall finds gold in Sutter’s Mill in Coloma, California.
1908 – Lieutenant General Robert Baden Powell publishes “Scouting for Boys” as a manual for self instruction in outdoor skills and self-improvement. The book becomes the inspiration for the Scout Movement.
1922 – Eskimo Pie patented by Christian K. Nelson of Iowa (not an Eskimo)
1925 – Moving picture of a solar eclipse taken from dirigible over Long Island.
1935 – 1st canned beer, “Krueger’s Cream Ale,” is sold by American company Krueger Brewing Co.
1936 – Benny Goodman and orchestra record “Stompin’ at the Savoy” on Victor Records.
1947 – NFL adds 5th official (back judge) & allows sudden death playoffs.
1962 – Jackie Robinson is 1st African American elected to Baseball’s Hall of Fame. Bob Feller is also elected.
1964 – 24th Amendment to US Constitution goes into effect & states voting rights could not be denied due to failure to pay taxes.
1964 – CBS purchases 1964 & 1965 NFL TV rights for $28.2 million.
1972 – Columbia Records releases “Paul Simon”, the second solo studio album by American singer-songwriter Paul Simon; it includes singles “Mother and Child Reunion: it includes ” and “Me and Julio Down by the Schoolyard”
1976 – Former world heavyweight boxing champion George Foreman KOs Ron Lyle in 5th round at Caesar’s Palace: Foreman knocked down twice in 4th, “The Ring” Fight of the Year.
1984 – Apple Computer Inc. unveils its revolutionary Macintosh personal computer.
1986 – Voyager 2 makes 1st fly-by of Uranus (81,593 km) finds new moons.
1994 – Dow Jones closes above 3,900 for first time (3,914.48)
1999 – David Duval eagles the 18th hole for a final round 59 to win the Bob Hope Chrysler Classic at PGA West:becomes only the 3rd player to fire a sub-60 on the PGA tour.
2003 – The United States Department of Homeland Security officially begins operation.
2006 – Walt Disney International and Bob Iger announce it is buying computer animation film studio Pixar for $7.4 billion.
2018 – Former US Olympic team doctor Larry Nassar found guilty of molesting over 150 girls, sentenced up to 175 years in prison.