On this day: January 1

Published On: Dec 31 2012 03:21:32 PM CST   Updated On: Jan 01 2016 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 - Cuban Revolution
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1959: Cuban dictator Fulgencio Batista is overthrown by Fidel Castro's forces during the Cuban Revolution. Batista immediately fled the island with an amassed personal fortune to the Dominican Republic and eventually found political asylum in Portugal. Castro (right) is seen here with fellow revolutionary Camilo Cienfuegos entering Havana on Jan. 8, 1959.

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