This Day In Sports History (February 1st) – Janet Jackson Wardrobe Malfunction
It was on this day in 2004 that Super Bowl XXXVIII was held in Houston, Texas. The game turned out to be an exciting one between the New England Patriots and the Carolina Panthers. The Pats would eventually win 32-29 on an Adam Vinatieri field goal with only four seconds remaining. However, their victory would be somewhat overshadowed by what took place during the halftime show.
The show featured several big name musicians, including Jessica Simpson, P. Diddy, Nelly and Kid Rock, but in the end the focus would be on just two performers; Justin Timberlake and Janet Jackson. While capping off the final song of their performance, Timberlake’s “Rock Your Body,” Justin ripped off a piece of Janet Jackson’s costume that had been covering her breast. With Janet’s breast exposed, CBS immediately cut to an aerial view of the stadium, but by that time everyone had already witnessed this act of indecent exposure.
Complaints poured into the network as millions were up in arms over what they had witnessed. The incident sparked a nationwide debate regarding television censorship and led to a record $550,000 fine handed down by the FCC on CBS. That wardrobe malfunction also became the most rewatched moment in TiVo history.
Here is another look at the incident.
Mark Recchi, NHL – Born February 1st, 1968 (age 45) in Kamloops, BC
Gabriel Batistuta, Soccer – Born February 1st, 1969 (age 44) in Reconquista, Argentina
Walter McCarty, NBA – Born February 1st, 1974 (age 39) in Evansville, Indiana