On this day: February 1

Published: Feb 01 2013 01:51:36 AM EST   Updated On: Feb 01 2013 02:00:00 AM EST

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 - Mayon Volcano
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1814: Mayon Volcano in the Philippines erupts, killing around 1,200 people, the most devastating eruption of the volcano. The volcano belched ash and rock that eventually buried the town of Cagsawa. This church tower is what remains of the Cagsawa Church, which was buried by the eruption.

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