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This Day in History for January 1 — Emancipation Proclamation Signed, and More

Here’s a look at some interesting events that took place on this day in history:

1863: President Abraham Lincoln signs the final Emancipation Proclamation, ending slavery in the rebelling states (more info)

1934: Alcatraz Island becomes a United States federal prison (more info)

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Celebrity Birthdays for January 1 — Grandmaster Flash and More

Here's a look at some notable birthdays being celebrated today:

Grandmaster Flash
Age: 55
Occupation: Musician and DJ
Known For: Being one of the pioneers of hip-hop DJing, cutting and mixing, forming Grandmaster Flash and the Furious Five, which released groundbreaking songs like 'The Message' and were the first hip-hop/rap artists inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame

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This Day in History for December 31 — Times Square Celebrates, and More

Here’s a look at some interesting events that took place on this day in history:

1879: Thomas Edison demonstrates incandescent lighting to the public for the first time (more info)

1907: The first New Year's Eve celebration is held in Times Square -- then known as Longacre Square -- in New York City (more info)

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Category: History, Rock
Radio City Music Hall
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This Day in History for December 27 — Radio City Music Hall Opens, and More

Here’s a look at some interesting events that took place on this day in history:

1831: Charles Darwin embarks on his journey aboard the HMS Beagle, during which he will begin to formulate the theory of evolution (more info)

1900: Prohibitionist Carry Nation smashes up her first saloon, causing several thousand dollars in damage and landing in jail (more info)

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Category: History
Hayley Williams
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Celebrity Birthdays for December 27 — Hayley Williams and More

Here's a look at some notable birthdays being celebrated today:

Hayley Williams
Age: 24
Occupation: Singer and Songwriter
Known For: Being the lead vocalist for the band Paramore, routinely being named one of rock's sexiest women, and appearing on rapper B.o.B's hit 'Airplanes'

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Category: History, Rhythmic
Bing Crosby
Hulton Archive, Getty Images

This Day in History for December 25 — ‘White Christmas’ Premieres, and More

Here’s a look at some interesting events that took place on this day in history:

1066: William the Conqueror is crowned King of England (more info)

1776: George Washington and the Continental Army cross the Delaware River, hoping to surprise a Hessian force celebrating Christmas at their winter quarters in Trenton, New Jersey (more info)

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Jimmy Buffett
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Celebrity Birthdays for December 25 — Jimmy Buffett and More

Here's a look at some notable birthdays being celebrated today:

Jimmy Buffett
Age: 66
Occupation: Singer, Songwriter and Musician
Known For: His "island escapism" style of music, songs such as 'Margaritaville' and 'Come Monday,' his devoted base of fans known as Parrotheads, and owning several themed restaurants

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Don't ask, don't tell
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This Day in History for December 22 — Repeal of ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell,’ and More

Here’s a look at some interesting events that took place on this day in history:

1807: At the urging of President Thomas Jefferson, Congress passes the Embargo Act, forbidding trade with all foreign countries (more info)

1941: British Prime Minister Winston Churchill arrives in Washington, D.C., for a series of meetings with President Franklin Delano Roosevelt on a unified Anglo-American war strategy (more info)

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Ralph Fiennes
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Celebrity Birthdays for December 22 — Ralph Fiennes and More

Here's a look at some notable birthdays being celebrated today:

Ralph Fiennes
Age: 50
Occupation: Actor
Known For: Playing Lord Voldemort in the 'Harry Potter' film series, giving Oscar-nominated performances in 'The English Patient' and 'Schindler's List,' and a 2007 incident in which he joined the Mile High Club with a Qantas flight attendant

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Category: History, Rhythmic, Rock
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'Landing of the Pilgrims,' by Michele Felice Cornè, the White House Historical Association

This Day in History for December 21 — Pilgrims Hit Plymouth Rock, and More

Here’s a look at some interesting events that took place on this day in history:

1620: William Bradford and the Mayflower Pilgrims land on what is now known as Plymouth Rock in Plymouth, Massachusetts (more info)

1898: Pierre and Marie Curie discover radium (more info)

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Category: History, Newsletter

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