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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 - Heinrich Rudolf Hertz
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1894: Heinrich Hertz, the German physicist who conclusively proved the existence of electromagnetic waves, dies of granulomatosis with polyangiitis, an inflammation of blood vessels, at age 36 in Bonn, German Empire. The scientific unit of frequency was named the "hertz" in his honor.

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