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 - WTO
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World Trade Organization

1995: The World Trade Organization officially commences. The WTO oversees the implementation, administration and operation of trade agreements and provides a forum for negotiations and for settling disputes.

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