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1907--The origin of United Parcel Service is established with $100 capital by 19-year-old Jim Casey in Seattle, Washington. By the 1920s, the company had grown large enough to expand to Oakland and Los Angeles, California. Today, United Parcel Service operates an international small package and document network in more than 200 countries and territories, spanning both the Atlantic and Pacific oceans, reaching over four billion people.

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

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

1961--Motown Records releases Please Mr. Postman by The Marvelettes. It will become the label’s first number one song.

1962--The Beatles perform a night show at the Cavern Club, Liverpool.

1963--The Beatles perform at the Odeon Cinema in Southport.

1963--The Beatles continue filming for a documentary being made to explore the “Mersey Beat” boom. They are filmed in a dressing room, with shots of them applying stage make-up, and then walking around backstage with their guitars, as if preparing for a live performance.

1963--The first recording session for Cilla Black takes place at EMI Studios.

1963--Dr. Martin Luther King delivers his “I have a dream” speech to 200,000 civil rights demonstrators who had marched on Washington, D.C.

1964--The Beatles, on tour in the USA, perform at Forest Hills Tennis Stadium, Forest Hills, New York. There was one show in front of 16,000 fans.

1964--The Beatles appear on the cover of “Life” magazine.

1964--The Beatles meet with Bob Dylan at the Delmonico Hotel in New York. On Dylan’s proposal, the boys smoke marijuana for the first time. Humorous stories abound about this incident.

1965--Resuming their North American tour after a five-day break, The Beatles perform one concert at Balboa Stadium, San Diego, California.

1966--Nearing the end of their final tour of America, The Beatles perform one show at Dodger Stadium, Los Angeles, California, before a wild crowd of 45,000. The Beatles attempt to escape from the stadium in an armored truck is thwarted when the main gate is found to be locked, and they spend a miserable two hours in the back of the truck. It was incidents such as this that led to their decision that this would be their last tour.

1966--Brian Epstein and Nat Weiss meet Dizzy Gillespie, at a private residence in Beverly Hills.

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

1968--The Beatles in the recording studio (Trident Studios, London). John Lennon, Paul McCartney, and George Harrison start the recording of John’s song Dear Prudence. They build the song instrument by instrument, utilizing the 8-track equipment at Trident. John and George play guitars, while Paul plays drums to compensate for the absence of Ringo Starr, who had quit the group on August 22nd.

1968--Release in Sweden of The Beatles’ single Hey Jude / Revolution (Parlophone). Eleven weeks in the Swedish charts; highest position #1.

1968--Police and anti-war demonstrators clash in the streets of Chicago as the Democratic National Convention nominates Hubert H. Humphrey for President of the United States.

1969--Mary McCartney, Paul and Linda McCartney’s first child, is born.

1970--Re-release in Sweden of The Beatles’ LP Let It Be (Apple), in a standard album sleeve. Previously only the deluxe boxed edition had been available.

1981--National Center for Disease Control announces that there is a high incidence of Pneumocystis and Kaposi’s Sarcoma in gay men. This would lead to the later discovery of the AIDS virus.

1987--The Beatles movie, “Yellow Submarine,” is released on video in the UK.

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