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 - 1902 Rose Bowl
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1902: The Rose Bowl, then titled the "Tournament East-West football game," is held for the first time in Pasadena, Calif., starting the tradition of New Year's Day bowl games. The game, which was added to help fund the cost of the Rose Parade, featured Michigan and Stanford, with Michigan winning 49-0 after Stanford quit in the third quarter. The game was so lopsided that for the next 15 years Tournament of Roses officials instead turned to chariot races, ostrich races and other events instead of football. The next Rose Bowl game was held on New Year's Day in 1916.

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