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 - Rocky Graziano
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1919: Boxer Rocky Graziano, considered one of the greatest knockout artists in boxing history, is born Thomas Rocco Barbella in Brooklyn, New York. Graziano beat Tony Zale in 1947 to become the middleweight champion of the world, but lost the title in a rematch with Zale the following year. He compiled a career record of 67 wins (52 by knockout), 10 losses and six draws. He died from cardiopulmonary failure on May 22, 1990, at the age of 71.

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