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 - Patty Hearst
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1979: Convicted bank robber Patty Hearst is released from prison after 22 months when her sentence is commuted by President Jimmy Carter. The newspaper heiress was kidnapped from a San Francisco apartment on Feb. 4, 1974, by the leftist group Symbionese Liberation Army. While initially their captive, she later announced she was joining the group of her own free will, took part in a bank robbery with them and spent a year on the FBI Most Wanted List. In 2001, she received a full pardon from President Bill Clinton.


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