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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 - Frank Langella
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1938: Actor Frank Langella, best known for roles in movies such as "Dave," "Good Night, and Good Luck" and "Frost/Nixon," is born in Bayonne, N.J. He earned an Academy Award nomination for Best Actor for portraying former U.S. President Richard Nixon on "Frost/Nixon."

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