On this day: February 1

Published On: Feb 01 2013 12:51:36 AM CST   Updated On: Feb 01 2015 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 - Langston Hughes
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1902: Writer and social activist Langston Hughes, one of the earliest innovators of the literary art form jazz poetry and a central figure in the Harlem Renaissance, is born in Joplin, Missouri. He died on May 22, 1967, at the age of 65 from complications after abdominal surgery, related to prostate cancer.

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