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1827--William Blake, English poet, mystic and artist, dies.

1877--The first sound recording is made. Inventor Thomas Alva Edison records “Mary Had a Little Lamb.”

1929--Country great Buck Owens is born in Sherman, Texas.

1960--Pete Best auditions to become the drummer for The Silver Beatles. He is then asked to travel to Hamburg, Germany, with them as their new drummer. Before leaving for Hamburg, The Silver Beatles change their name to simply, The Beatles.

1961--The Beatles perform at Aintree Institute, Aintree, Liverpool.

1962--The Beatles perform at the Cavern Club -- a nighttime show.

1963--The Beatles perform two shows at the Odeon Cinema in Llandudno, Caernarvonshire. This is the first of a six-night engagement at the venue.

1964--Brian Epstein throws a party celebrating the Beatles first major US tour, at Whaddon House, William Mews, London. Guests include: Judy Garland, Cilla Black, Peter and Gordon, Mick Jagger, Keith Richards, Tommy Steele, The Searchers, Lionel Bart, The Fourmost, Russ Conway, Tito Burns, George Martin, Alan Freeman, Pete Murray, Brian Matthew, Peter Gormley, Tony Barrow, and Alma Cogan.

1964--Five hundred US cinemas start showing The Beatles first feature film, “A Hard Day’s Night.”

1966--The Beatles perform two shows at the International Amphitheatre in Chicago, Illinois. This is the first stop on what will turn out to be The Beatles’ final US tour. Support acts are The Remains, Bobby Hebb, The Cyrkle, and The Ronettes. Although they’d just released a new album, The Beatles didn’t bother rehearsing any new songs, using the same repertoire as they’d used on their tour of West Germany, Japan, and the Philippines.

1966--The Globe And Mail of Toronto publishes a declaration of George Harrison defending John Lennon in regard to his remarks about The Beatles being “bigger than Jesus.”

1968--The Beatles in the recording studio (Studio Two, EMI Studios, London). George Harrison’s lead vocal for Not Guilty is recorded. The song is mixed into mono and then shelved until the “Beatles Anthology” series is released. It appears on The Beatles Anthology 3 (Disc one, Track 18).

1971--John Lennon and Yoko Ono donate £1,000 to the strike fund of the Upper Clyde Shipbuilding Union, who are refusing to stop work in order to save their jobs.

1972--The last of the American combat ground troops leave Vietnam.

1981--IBM (International Business Machines) introduces the Model 5150 PC and PC-DOS. The IBM PC (personal computer) ran on the Intel 8088 microprocessor at 4.77 mHz with one or two 160K floppy disk drives. It had 16 kilobytes of memory, expandable to 256k, five 8-bit ISA slots, a 65-watt power supply; but there is no built-in clock, no built-in serial or parallel ports, and no built-in video capability. It was made available with an optional color monitor. MS-DOS 1.0 / 1.1 was issued with the PC. Prices started at $1,565. The IBM PC was a tremendous success and IBM quickly became the top microcomputer company, with Apple dropping to second place.

1981--US release of Bob Dylan’s album Shot of Love. Ringo Starr appears on the song Heart of Mine, on which he plays drums and tom-tom.

1991--UK release of The Beatles cassette singles set (EMI). The 22 original Beatles UK singles comprise this collection.

1997--US release of the Ringo Starr album Ringo Starr and His Third All-Starr Band (Blockbuster Exclusive). This is a recorded live performance from June 27, 1995, in Tokyo, Japan. Members of the band, besides Ringo, are: John Entwistle, Billy Preston, Mark Farner, Randy Bachman, Felix Cavaliere, Zak Starkey, and Mark Rivera. Ringo sings the songs Don’t Go Where the Road Don’t Go, I Wanna Be Your Man, It Don’t Come Easy, Boys, You’re Sixteen, and Yellow Submarine. Other songs are: Locomotion, Nothin’ From Nothin’, No Sugar Tonight, People Gotta Be Free, Boris the Spider, and You Ain’t Seen Nothin’ Yet.

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