On this day: January 24

Posted: 5:50 PM EST Jan 23, 2013   Updated: 2:00 AM EST Jan 24, 2015

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 - Pernell Roberts
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2010: Actor and singer Pernell Roberts, the last surviving star of the TV western "Bonanza," dies of pancreatic cancer at the age of 81 in Malibu, California. Besides playing Ben Cartwright's eldest son, Adam Cartwright, on "Bonanza," Roberts also is best known for playing chief surgeon Dr. John McIntyre, the title character on "Trapper John, M.D."

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