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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 - Johnny Cash
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1960: Johnny Cash plays the first of his jailhouse shows when he performs at San Quentin prison in San Rafael, Calif. Among those in the captive audience is 20-year-old Merle Haggard, who was serving time for burglary.

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