What Happened on January 24, 1848

California Gold Rush

Historical Events

Discovery of Gold in California

James Marshall finds gold in Sutter's Mill in Coloma, California

Famous Birthdays

  • Vasily Surikov, Russian painter (d. 1916)
Born in 1848

Famous Deaths

  • Horace Wells, American dentist (pioneered use of medical anesthesia), commits suicide after committing a crime under the influence of chloroform at 33

About January 24, 1848

Day of the Week: Monday
How Long Ago? 175 years, 8 months and 11 days
Leap Year: Yes

Star Sign: Aquarius