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Infoplease - This Day in History

Events from This Day in History from the Editors of Infoplease

Published: Mon, 05 Dec 2016 05:00:00 UTC

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December 5, 1848: President Polk triggered the Gold Rush of 1848 by confirming that gold had been discovered in California.

December 5, 1872: Having left New York on Nov. 5, the brigantine Mary Celeste was found adrift off Portugal with everyone aboard mysteriously missing.

December 5, 1933: The 21st Amendment to the Constitution, repealing prohibition, was ratified.