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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 - Betsy Ross
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1752: Betsy Ross is born Elizabeth Griscom in Philadelphia, Pa. Ross is widely credited with making the first American flag, although there is no credible historical evidence that the story is true.

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