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.
1890: The Tournament of Roses Parade in Pasadena, Calif., is first held. The first event, staged by Pasadena's Valley Hunt Club, featured horse-drawn carriages covered in flowers, followed by foot races, polo matches and a game of tug-of-war on the town lot. Pictured is the parade from 1893.
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