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1896--The dial telephone is patented.

1929--The first eastward airship flight around the Earth is completed.

1930--Dumont’s first TV broadcast for home reception takes place in New York City.

1948--Robert Plant, lead singer of Led Zeppelin, is born.

1953--Russia publicly acknowledges a hydrogen bomb test detonation.

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

1961--The Beatles perform at Hambleton Hall, Huyton, Liverpool.

1962--The Beatles perform at the Majestic Ballroom, Crewe.

1963--The Beatles perform at the Gaumont Cinema, Bournemouth.

1964--On a tour of America, The Beatles perform two shows at the Convention Center in Las Vegas, Nevada. Attendance for both concerts is 16,000. The Beatles add the song Till There Was You to their song list for one of the shows.

1964--President Johnson signs the Economic Opportunity Act (totaling nearly $1 billion).

1965--The Beatles, on tour in North America, perform two shows at White Sox Park, Chicago, Illinois. Total attendance is 62,000 and The Beatles earn $155,000.

1965--The Rolling Stones release Satisfaction (their first #1 US hit).

1966--The Beatles, touring America for the last time, are forced to cancel / reschedule their planned performance in Cincinnati’s open-air stadium, Crosley Field, when heavy rain (and no cover provided) makes electrocution a virtual certainty were The Beatles to attempt to perform.

1966--Yellow Submarine / Eleanor Rigby is the #1 single in the UK charts.

1967--In today’s New York Times, readers learn about the new noise-reduction system developed by R. and D.W. Dolby.

1968--The Beatles in the recording studio (Studios Three and Two, EMI Studios, London). Two separate sessions, with John Lennon and Ringo Starr in Studio Three and Paul McCartney in Studio Two. George Harrison is in Greece, having left suddenly on a four-day trip. John and Ringo complete Yer Blues, recording Ringo’s intro ("two, three..."). Paul works on Mother Nature’s Son, adding overdubs that include the recording of two trumpets and two trombones. Engineer Ken Scott will later recall that John and Ringo walked in during Paul’s session and that the sudden negative tension that immediately developed between Paul and the others was striking. When John and Ringo left, things returned to normal. Late in Paul’s session, he records the demo for a song named Etcetera. This is followed by Wild Honey Pie, which is recorded in its entirety.

1969--The Beatles in the recording studio (Studios Three and Two, EMI Studios, London). Completion of I Want You (She's So Heavy). A preliminary master tape of Abbey Road is compiled. The medley is slated for side one, and the placement of Octopus's Garden and Oh! Darling are reversed from the final version. The album ends with the slashed guitar chord that finishes I Want You (She's So Heavy). All four Beatles attended this session. This is the last time that all four Beatles will be together at the EMI Abbey Road studios.

1977--NASA launches Voyager 2 towards Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus, and Neptune.

1985--The machine that revolutionized the world’s offices, the original Xerox 914 copier, took its place among the honored machines of other eras at the Smithsonian Institution’s National Museum of American History. The document copier had been formally introduced to the world in March of 1960. In just 25 years, the machine, invented by Chester Carlson, a patent lawyer, had become obsolete enough to make it into the museum. Maybe out there somewhere, people are still using the 914, thermal paper, liquid toner, and all.

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