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.

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1935: The first Sugar Bowl, held at Tulane Stadium in New Orleans; the first Orange Bowl, held at Miami Field in Miami, Fla.; and the first Sun Bowl, held at El Paso (Texas) High School Stadium; take place. They are the second-oldest college bowl games after the Rose Bowl.

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