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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 - Czech Republic-Slovakia
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1993: Czechoslovakia is peacefully dissolved in what is dubbed by media as the "Velvet Divorce," resulting in the creation of the Czech Republic and Slovakia.

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