On this day: February 1

POSTED: 10:51 PM PST Jan 31, 2013    UPDATED: 11:00 PM PST Jan 31, 2016 

The Beatles hit No. 1 for the first time in America, tragedy strikes space shuttle Columbia, and Janet Jackson suffers a Super Bowl "wardrobe malfunction," all on this day.

OTD February 1 - Roman Polanski
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1978: Film director Roman Polanski skips bail and flees the United States to France after earlier pleading guilty to charges of engaging in sex with a 13-year-old girl. Polanski was originally ordered to undergo 90 days of psychiatric evaluation at Chino State Prison, believing he would be put on probation at his final sentencing. When he learned the judge instead planned to sentence him to more jail time and possibly deport him, he fled on the day he was to be sentenced. Because Polanski (seen here in 2013) fled the country before final sentencing, the charges were not dismissed and still remain pending.


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