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.
1919: Novelist J. D. Salinger, best known for his 1951 novel "The Catcher in the Rye" and his reclusive lifestyle, is born in New York City. Salinger died of natural causes at age 91 on Jan. 27, 2010, at his home in Cornish, New Hampshire.
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