On this day: February 1

Published On: Feb 01 2013 12:51:36 AM CST   Updated On: Feb 01 2013 01:00:00 AM CST

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 - Gary Bettman
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1993: Gary Bettman becomes the NHL's first commissioner, replacing Gil Stein, who served as the NHL's final president. Previously, Bettman had been a senior vice-president and general counsel to the NBA. Under Bettman, the NHL has seen rapid growth of league revenues and the expansion of the NHL's footprint across the United States. His time as commissioner has also seen three labor stoppages, including the 2004-05 lockout that canceled the entire season.

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