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.
1865: President Abraham Lincoln signs the 13th Amendment to the United States Constitution, which proposed abolishing slavery and involuntary servitude except as punishment for a crime, a day after the U.S. House of Representatives voted to send it to the state legislatures for ratification. The amendment would be formally adopted when Georgia became the 27th of the then 36 states to ratify it on Dec. 6, 1865. Pictured is the amendment in the National Archives, bearing the Lincoln's signature.
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