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1883--The first of a series of increasingly violent explosions occurs on the Indonesian island of Krakatoa. On the morning of the next day, the world’s largest explosion will be heard three thousand miles away. The volcanic island explodes, spewing five cubic miles of earth into the air, 50 miles high. It creates tidal waves up to 120 feet high, kills 36,000 people, and causes oceanic and atmospheric changes over a period of many years.

1920--American women win the right to vote as the 19th Amendment to the US Constitution is ratified.

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

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

1962--The Beatles perform at the Cavern Club at night. Also appearing is Mike Berry, who’d had a Top 30 hit the preceding October with his song Tribute to Buddy Holly.

1963--The Beatles perform at the Odeon Cinema in Southport. This is the first of six nights, with two shows per night. The Beatles' song list for this residency is Roll Over Beethoven, Thank You Girl, Chains, A Taste of Honey, She Loves You, Baby It’s You, From Me to You, Boys, I Saw Her Standing There, and Twist and Shout. The support acts are Tommy Quickly, Gerry and the Pacemakers, and Cilla Black (making her first major appearance on stage).

1964--The Beatles perform one show at the Red Rocks Amphitheater, Denver, Colorado. Attendance is 7,000 (surprisingly, there were 2,000 empty seats).

1967--At University College in Bangor, North Wales, the Beatles hold a press conference with Maharishi Mahesh Yogi. The Beatles announce that they have become disciples of the guru and that they have renounced the use of drugs. Paul McCartney makes the announcement: “It was an experience we went through,” he says. “We don’t need it anymore. We’re finding different ways to get there.” They become members of the Maharishi’s ”Spiritual Regeneration Movement,” which obligates them to donate one week’s earnings each month to the organization. They will soon decide to visit the guru’s Transcendental Meditation (TM) academy in Rishikesh, India, for meditation and study, and to become teachers of TM. All together now: yeah, right.

1968--US release of The Beatles’ single Hey Jude / Revolution (Apple). 19 weeks on Billboard chart; highest position #1.

1989--Ringo Starr wins a court case against a producer who wants to release several song tracks that Starr believes are below par, because of the “messy state” he was in when he recorded them.

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