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1375--The first roller skating rink opens in London, England.

1776--The formal signing of the Declaration of Independence takes place, with John Hancock being the first with his signature. July 4th was the actual date of the vote on American independence.

1824--Fifth Avenue is opened in New York City. It became one of the most famous thoroughfares in the world, and the home of many beautiful, fashionable stores.

1939--Albert Einstein sends a letter to President Franklin Roosevelt, urging creation of an atomic weapons research program. Einstein warns the President of the potential for military use of atomic energy, especially in the making of a bomb of astronomical power.

1956--An article in Life magazine entitled, “Elvis Presley... He Can’t Be... But He Is,” reports on the rock singer’s current popularity. Elvis has grossed $6 million in record sales, and is deluged by 3,000 fan letters a week.

1961--The Beatles perform at the Cavern Club at lunchtime and later that night.

1962--Bob Dylan legally changes his name from Robert Zimmerman.

1963--The Beatles perform at the Grafton Rooms in Liverpool. This is their first performance in Merseyside in seven weeks, and will be their final performance at the Grafton.

1963--It is reported that The Beatles, Gerry and the Pacemakers, and Billy J. Kramer with the Dakotas, have sold (in the UK only) over 2.5 million records in six months.

1964--The Beatles perform at the Gaumont Cinema in Bournemouth. One of the supporting acts, billed as a “new and unknown London group,” is The Kinks.

1965--The Beatles’ LP Help! is released in Sweden on the Parlophone label.

1967--George Harrison visits Ravi Shankar’s music school in Los Angeles, California.

1968--The Beatles are in the recording studio (Trident Studios, London), for the completion of Hey Jude.

1969--Badfinger records Come and Get It at Abbey Road Studios. Paul McCartney produces the session.

1971--Ringo Starr receives a gold record for It Don't Come Easy.

1980--The Lennons stage a rehearsal for the recording of Double Fantasy in apartment 71 at the Dakota, with musicians Hugh McCracken, George Small, Earl Slick, Tony Davillo, and Andy Newmark. It is supervised by Jack Douglas. Among the songs they attempt are Beautiful Boy, I’m You’re Angel, and Borrowed Time. For inspiration, John Lennon asks Fred Seaman to go out and buy the singles Babooshka (by Kate Bush) and Magic (by Olivia Newton-John), as well as a tape by Lena Lovich.

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