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 - Rick James
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1948: Singer-songwriter Rick James, who popularized funk music in the late 1970s and early 1980s thanks to hits such as "You and I," "Give It to Me Baby" and "Super Freak," is born in Buffalo, New York. He died of heart failure at age 56 on Aug. 6, 2004.


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