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1930--Princess Margaret, sister of Queen Elizabeth II, is born. She is the younger daughter of King George VI and Queen Elizabeth, the Queen Mother, and was also known as the Countess of Snowdon.

1944--Singer Jackie DeShannon is born Sharon Myers in Hazel, Kentucky. As a songwriter she wrote Needles and Pins and When You Walk in the Room, along with many other hits from the 1960s. She was also the lucky lady who toured with The Beatles throughout America as an opening act in the summer of 1964. Photos were taken of her playing Monopoly on the hotel room floor with the lads as they passed the time between gigs.

1950--The United Nations moved into its new permanent facilities in New York City on land donated by the Rockefeller family.

1959--The Hawaiian Islands became the State of Hawaii by a proclamation signed by US President Dwight D. Eisenhower. In March of 1959, the statehood bill had been passed; but it contained a stipulation that the residents of the Hawaiian Islands would have to give their vote of approval. Three months later, they did so, and by a huge margin. Hawaii, the Aloha State, finally became the 50th state of the United States of America. Although the Aloha State is made up of a chain of 122 volcanic islands spread out over 1,600 miles, only seven, at the southeastern end of the chain, are inhabited: Hawaii (the Big Island), Maui (the Valley Isle), Lanai (the Pineapple Isle), Molokai (the Friendly Isle), Kauai (the Garden Isle), Niihau (the Forbidden Island), and Oahu (the Gathering Place). Oahu is the home of the state capital, Honolulu, and about 75% of the state’s population, a population that is truly a melting pot of all races and religions.

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

1961--The Beatles perform a lunchtime show at the Cavern Club in Liverpool.

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

1963--Release in Sweden of The Beatles’ single She Loves You / I’ll Get You (Parlophone). Fourteen weeks in the Swedish charts; highest position #1.

1964--The Beatles give a 29-minute performance for 14,720 fans at the Coliseum in Seattle, Washington.

1965--The Beatles, on tour in North America, perform one show at Metropolitan Stadium, Minneapolis, Minnesota, for a crowd of 25,000.

1966--The Beatles, on their last tour of the US, perform in two cities because of a cancellation due to rain the previous day. First, they perform at Crosley Field in Cincinnati, Ohio. Then they fly to St. Louis, Missouri, for a concert at Busch Stadium, where they must perform under a tarpaulin due to heavy rain.

1967--Bob Dylan re-signs with Columbia Records upon the expiration of his initial five-year contract.

1968--The Beatles in the recording studio (Studio Two, EMI Studios, London). Numerous overdubs (including another John Lennon lead vocal, backing vocals, organ, bass, and tambourine) bring Sexy Sadie to completion. George Harrison, who returned from Greece on this day, may not have been at the recording session.

1969--Paul McCartney changes the name of his company from Adagrose Ltd. to McCartney Productions Ltd. (MPL).

1976--RCA Victor Records announces that sales of Elvis Presley records have passed the 400 million mark.

1978--US release of the Wings’ single London Town / I’m Carrying (Capitol).

1978--US re-release of The Beatles’ LP Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band (Capitol Limited Edition picture disc).

1978--US re-release of The Beatles’ double LP The Beatles (Capitol Limited Edition white vinyl discs).

1978--US re-release of The Beatles’ compilation double LP The Beatles 1962-1966 (Capitol Limited Edition red vinyl discs).

1978--US re-release of The Beatles’ compilation double LP The Beatles 1967-1970 (Capitol Limited Edition blue vinyl discs).

1997--Suffolk County News Desk reports that Marie and Mike Power, owners of a restaurant called “Sgt. Pepper’s,” are planning to expand their Beatles-theme restaurants throughout East Anglia and then, the world. They plan to franchise the restaurants, and they report that they have already received dozens of inquiries.

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