Here’s a look at some interesting events that took place on this day in history:

1848 – James W. Marshall finds gold at Sutter’s Mill near Sacramento, triggering the California Gold Rush (More info)

1908 – In England, Robert Baden-Powell organizes the first Boy Scout troop (More info)

1922 - Christian K. Nelson patented the "Eskimo Pie"  ( One of my favorite food groups).

1952 - The NFL New York Yankees turned up in Dallas as the Dallas Texans, to become history's worst football team.  They were run out of Dallas after only four games and had to play eight games on the road, finishing 1-11.

1972 – Japanese soldier Shoichi Yokoi is discovered in Guam, where he’d spent 28 years hiding in the jungle thinking World War II was still underway (More info)

1984 – The Apple Macintosh, the first commercially successful personal computer to use a graphical user interface, goes on sale (More info)

2003 – The United States Department of Homeland Security officially begins operating (More info)

 

It's  "National Compliment Day";  "National Peanut Butter Day";  and "Beer Can Day", as Krueger's Cream Ale became the first beer in cans on this date in 1935.