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1846--The Smithsonian Institution is established in Washington, D.C., as a scientific research centre with funds left in a bequest of British scientist James Smithson.

1869--The motion picture projector is patented by O.B. Brown.

1909--Leo Fender, founder of Fender Guitars, is born.

1945--Ronnie Spector is born Veronica Bennett in New York, New York. She formed “The Darling Sisters” with her sister and cousin. The girls began singing backup for Phil Spector, who later produced the group as The Ronettes. She was married to Phil Spector from 1965 to 1974.

1961--England applies for membership in the European Common Market.

1961--The Beatles perform at the Cavern Club at lunchtime. That night they play at St. John's Hall, Tuebrook, Liverpool.

1962--The Beatles perform aboard the vessel MV ‘Royal Iris’ on the River Mersey. Another Cavern-sponsored “Riverboat Shuffle.” Also appearing are Johnny Kidd and the Pirates (who’d had a #1 hit two years previously, Shakin’ All Over) and The Dakotas (an instrumental group, in the days before Brian Epstein teamed them up with Billy J. Kramer).

1963--The Beatles perform at the Springfield Ballroom, St. Saviour, Jersey, Channel Islands. This is the last of five nights playing in the Channel Islands, four of them at this venue. The Beatles’ fee for the five nights of performing is £1,000.

1964--US release of The Beatles’ singles Do You Want to Know a Secret / Thank You Girl, Please Please Me / From Me to You, Love Me Do / P.S. I Love You, and Twist and Shout / There’s A Place (Oldies 45).

1968--All four of The Beatles, Yoko Ono, and Stan Gortikov (Capitol Records president), lunch at the Ritz Hotel, London. Later, John and Yoko take Gortikov to see the play “Halfway Up The Tree” at the Queen’s Theatre.

1970--Elvis Presley begins a 58-show stand at the Las Vegas Hilton International Hotel.

1972--Following a performance in Gothenburg, Sweden, Paul and Linda McCartney and drummer Denny Seiwell are arrested for drug possession. They are assessed fines totaling $1,800.

1980--John Lennon, Yoko Ono, and Jack Douglas take a break from the Double Fantasy sessions, with the Lennons spending two days at the Dakota, relaxing with their son, Sean.

1983--Sales of music on cassettes surpass those of vinyl for the first time.

1985--After Paul McCartney advises Michael Jackson to invest in a music catalog, Northern Songs (owner of the Lennon-McCartney song catalog) is sold to Jackson for $47.5 million. The sale will be finalized on September 6th. The only Lennon-McCartney songs not included are Love Me Do, P.S. I Love You, Please Please Me, and Ask Me Why.

1987--UK re-release of the John Lennon / Yoko Ono / Plastic Ono Band / Elephant’s Memory double album Some Time in New York City on double CD. Earlier in the year this had been issued, but due to the poor sound quality of the CDs, it was recalled. It was reissued on this date.

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