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This date has GOLD!, nuclear yikes, space probes, and an apple: 1848 – The California Gold Rush starts when James W. Marshall finds gold at Sutter's Mill near Sacramento. 1961 – A bomber carrying two H-bombs broke up in mid-air over North Carolina. The uranium core of one weapon remains lost. 1978 – The Soviet satellite Cosmos 954, with a nuclear reactor on board, burned up in Earth's atmosphere, scattering radioactive debris over Canada's Northwest Territories. 1984 – The first Apple Macintosh went on sale. 1986 - The Voyager 2 space probe swept past Uranus, coming within 50,679 miles of the seventh planet from the sun. 2004 - NASA's Opportunity rover landed on Mars three weeks after its identical twin, Spirit . . . and it's still going. (48 articles)
created January 24, 2015
updated January 24, 2015