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On this day: January 24

Published On: Jan 23 2013 05:50:58 PM EST   Updated On: Jan 24 2014 02:00:00 AM EST

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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