On this day: January 1

POSTED: 01:21 PM PST Dec 31, 2012    UPDATED: 11:00 PM PST Dec 31, 2013 

Lincoln signs the Emancipation Proclamation, Ellis Island opens, the Rose Bowl becomes the first college bowl game, Hank Williams dies, and the Y2K panic fizzles out, all on this day.

OTD January 1 - AFL Championship Game
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1961: The first AFL Championship Game takes place, with the Houston Oilers beating the Los Angeles Chargers 24-16 at Jeppesen Stadium in Houston, Texas.

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