On this day: January 1

Published On: Dec 31 2012 03:21:32 PM CST   Updated On: Jan 01 2014 01:00:00 AM CST

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 - JD Salinger
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Lotte Jacobi Collection, University of New Hampshire

1919: Novelist J. D. Salinger, best known for his 1951 novel "The Catcher in the Rye" and his reclusive lifestyle, is born in New York City. Salinger died of natural causes at age 91 on Jan. 27, 2010, at his home in Cornish, N.H.

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