On this day: January 1

POSTED: 1:21 PM PST December 31, 2012    UPDATED: 11:00 PM PST December 31, 2015 

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 - Donna Douglas
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2015: Actress Donna Douglas, best known for playing Elly May Clampett on "The Beverly Hillbillies," dies of pancreatic cancer at age 82 in Zachary, Louisiana.

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