THE CALIFORNIA GOLD RUSH BEGAN ON THIS DATE IN 1848

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The California Gold Rush (1848–1855) began when gold was discovered by James W. Marshall (above) at Sutter’s Mill, in northern California at Coloma. News of the discovery 
brought some 300,000 people to California from vast parts of the United States and abroad.Some became quite wealthy, but many returned home with little more than what
they started with. The effects of the Gold Rush resulted in San Francisco growing from a small settlement to a boomtown. A state constitution was written and California became  
a state in 1850 as part of the compromise of 1850. 

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                     panning for gold

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AVIATION HISTORY ON THIS DATE IN 1911

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ely behind the controls
Eugene B. Ely (above) made the first successful landing of an aircraft
on a floating vessel when he flew his Curtiss Pusher onto the deck of  
the USS Pennsylvania in San Francisco Bay. He was 24 years old.

first landing of aircraft on a ships deck in 1911
ely on deck
taking off from the deck

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ACTOR JOHN DYE FOUND DEAD AT 47 (AP)

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Actor John Dye, whose career included the role of Andrew, the angel of death, in the long-running television series "Touched by an Angel," was found dead at his San Francisco home, a medical examiner’s spokesman said Thursday.

Medical examiner’s investigator Charles Cecil said the 47-year-old Dye, a native of Amory, Miss., was found dead Monday.

The cause of death has not been determined, Cecil said, but relatives said Dye suffered apparent heart failure. 

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DIRECTOR PETER YATES ~ DEAD AT 81

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British filmmaker Peter Yates, who sent Steve McQueen screeching through
the streets of San Francisco in a Ford Mustang in "Bullitt," has died at the age of 81.

Yates was nominated for four Academy Awards – two as director and two as producer
for the cycling tale "Breaking Away" and the backstage drama "The Dresser." (AP)

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THE FIRST “JUKEBOX” ON THIS DATE IN 1889

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The first Jukebox, originally called the “nickel-in-the-slot player”,
made it’s debut at The Palais Royale Saloon in San Francisco. It
was constructed by The Pacific Phonograph company. Patrons
listened to the music through individual stethoscope-like tubes
attached to an Edison electric phonograph which was fitted
inside a wood cabinet.

the palais royale saloon 
                 The Palais Royale Saloon in San Francisco

 

 

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