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1894--US Congress creates the Bureau of Immigration.

1920--Women throughout the US won the right to vote when the Tennessee legislature approved the 19th Amendment to the US Constitution (the last of 36 states then required to approve it). An amendment for universal suffrage was first introduced in Congress in 1878, and Wyoming had granted suffrage by state law by 1890. This amendment to give all American women the right to vote had been introduced annually for 41 years without passage.

1937--The first FM radio construction permit is issued. It goes to W1XOJ, Boston, Massachusetts. The station went on the air as WGTR (General Tire & Rubber) in 1941.

1960--The first photograph is bounced off a satellite at Cedar Rapids, Iowa.

1960--The Beatles perform at the Indra Club, Grosse Freiheit, Hamburg, West Germany. The madness continues.

1960--Elvis Presley’s first post-Army movie, “G.I. Blues,” is sneak previewed in Dallas, Texas (it will open three months later).

1961--The Beatles perform a lunchtime show at the Cavern Club. That night they appear at Aintree Institute, Aintree, Liverpool.

1961--Construction of the Berlin Wall is completed.

1962--The Beatles perform at Hulme Hall, Port Sunlight, Birkenhead. It is the 17th annual dance for the local Horticultural Society. Ringo Starr appears for the first time as a member of The Beatles, having had a two-hour rehearsal in preparation. This is the first appearance of The Beatles as the world would come to know them: John, Paul, George, and Ringo.

1963--The Beatles perform two shows at the Princess Theatre, Torquay, Devonshire.

1963--The Beatles, on their way to Torquay for two evening performances, stop at Alpha Studios in Birmingham to tape an appearance for ABC Television’s program “Lucky Stars (Summer Spin).” They lip-sync to both sides of their forthcoming single She Loves You / I’ll Get You. The show is broadcast on August 24th, the day after the release of the single.

1964--The Beatles arrive in San Francisco, California, to begin their American tour. They are met at the airport by 9,000 frenzied fans. The Beatles are driven into a protective fence enclosure so that photographers can take pictures. As the fans press against the fencing, it gives way, and the Fab Four manage to get out split-seconds before it comes crashing down. The Beatles, unmistakably shaken, are shuttled to their hotel suite, and locked in under armed guard. Several floors below them, a woman is beaten and robbed, her cries for help mistaken as just another crazy Beatles fan. There certainly was a dark side to the whole crazy thing.

1965--The Beatles, on a tour of North America, play one performance for a crowd of 30,000 at Atlanta Stadium, Atlanta, Georgia.

1966--The Beatles, touring in the US for the last time, perform a concert at Suffolk Downs Racetrack, East Boston, Massachusetts. The concert is held in the middle green of a horse-racing course, before a crowd of 25,000.

1967--UK release of The Rolling Stones’ single We Love You. John Lennon and Paul McCartney sing backing vocals on the song.

1969--The Beatles in the recording studio (Studio Two, EMI Studios, London). Paul McCartney records a piano overdub for The End. The Beatles Anthology 3 includes a remix of The End that includes many of the overdubs that were edited out of the final Abbey Road version (Disc two, Track 23).

1969--Mick Jagger is accidentally shot while filming the movie “Ned Kelly” in Australia.

1972--John Lennon and Elephant’s Memory rehearse for the upcoming One to One Concerts. Other rehearsals are held on August 21st and 22nd.

1972--Police in Sweden fine Paul and Linda McCartney $800 for cannabis possession.

1977--Elvis Presley’s funeral is held at his Graceland estate in Memphis, Tennessee. There are 150 invited mourners, and more than 75,000 fans who gather outside. Presley is buried next to his mother, Gladys, in Memphis’ Forest Hill Cemetery.

2000--Badfinger’s Joey Molland fractures his leg after falling off stage during the Classic Rock Festival in Darrington, Washington. Molland gamely climbs back up and finishes the band’s set before seeking medical attention.

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