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On this day: January 1

Published On: Dec 31 2012 04:21:32 PM EST   Updated On: Jan 01 2015 02:00:00 AM EST

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.

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2013: Singer and actress Patti Page, one of the most successful female recording artists of all time, dies at age 85 in Encinitas, California. She was the best-selling female artist of the 1950s and sold more than 100 million records off the strength of hits such as "Tennessee Waltz," "With My Eyes Wide Open, I'm Dreaming," "All My Love (Bolero)," "I Went to Your Wedding" and "(How Much Is That) Doggie in the Window."

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