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 - Cesar Romero
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1994: Actor Cesar Romero, who played a wide range of screen roles but is perhaps best remembered for playing The Joker on the 1960s "Batman" TV series, dies of bronchitis and pneumonia at age 86 in Santa Monica, Calif. Romero is also known for roles in movies such as "The Thin Man," "Ocean's 11," "Captain from Castile" and "Public Enemy's Wife" and on TV in shows including "Chico and the Man" and "Falcon Crest."

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