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.
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, New Jersey. He earned an Academy Award nomination for Best Actor for portraying former U.S. President Richard Nixon on "Frost/Nixon."
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