On this day: February 1

Published On: Feb 01 2013 12:51:36 AM CST   Updated On: Feb 01 2016 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 - Khomeini
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1979: The Ayatollah Khomeini (lower right) is welcomed back to Tehran, Iran, after nearly 15 years of exile for his opposition to the last Shah. With Shah Mohammad Reza Pahlavi leaving for his own exile and his government overthrown by Khomeini's followers, Khomeini became the country's Supreme Leader, a position created in the constitution as the highest ranking political and religious authority of the nation, which he held until his death in 1989.

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