Born on this Day in History: January 24, 1943 - Actress Sharon Tate began acting in Hollywood in the 1960s, most notably a recurring role on the "Beverly Hillbillies." Her breakthrough performance was the 1967 hit Valley of the Dolls. After marrying director Roman Polanski, the two became Hollywood's darlings. Tate is most famous for her death. At eight and a half months pregnant, the serial killer Charles Manson murdered her and four others.
On this Day in History: January 24, 1948 - James W. Marshall discovered a gold nugget at Sutter's Mill in northern California. The discovery led to the California Gold Rush of '49.