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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 - Y2K
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2000: After years of preparation for Y2K, only minor computer-related problems are reported, including a problem with Hotmail, with a nuclear power plant in Japan and with apartment heating in Korea.

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