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 - cigarette warnings
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1966: Effective on this day, all cigarette packages in the United States begin carrying the health warning: "Caution: Cigarette smoking may be hazardous to your health." This resulted from landmark federal legislation enacted in 1965 that required health warnings on cigarette packages.

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