On this day: January 24

POSTED: 2:50 PM PST January 23, 2013    UPDATED: 11:00 PM PST January 23, 2014 

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.

OTD January 24 - Caligula
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A.D. 41: Roman Emperor Caligula, known for his eccentricity and cruel despotism, becomes the first Roman emperor to be assassinated when his disgruntled Praetorian Guards kill him. The Guard then proclaimed Caligula's uncle Claudius as emperor.

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