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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 - Y2K
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2000: After years of preparation for Y2K, only minor computer-related problems are reported, including a problem with Hotmail, with a nuclear power plant in Japan and with apartment heating in Korea.

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