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 - Country Joe McDonald
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1942: Country Joe McDonald, who was the lead singer of the 1960s psychedelic rock group Country Joe and the Fish, is born in Washington, D.C. McDonald's best known song is his "The 'Fish' Cheer/I-Feel-Like-I'm-Fixin'-to-Die Rag," a novelty song about the Vietnam War featuring the familiar chorus "One, two, three, what are we fighting for?" that is well known to the Woodstock generation and Vietnam veterans of the 1960s and '70s. He's seen here at a Woodstock reunion in 1979.

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