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1492--Christopher Columbus sets sail for America on the “Santa Maria.” He is accompanied by a crew of 90 and two more ships, the “Nina” and the “Pinta.” They left Spain half an hour before sunrise to begin the search for a water passage to Cathay. Instead, Columbus and company land on October 12th at Guanahani, San Salvador Island in the Bahamas... not India, but the New World of the Americas.

1882--US Congress passes the first law to restrict immigration of a particular ethnic group into the United States; it is called the Chinese Exclusion Act. It stopped all further Chinese immigration for ten years, and denied citizenship to those already in the country, most of whom had been recruited by American railroad and mining companies. The law remained in effect until 1943.

1956--Bedloe’s Island, the site of the Statue of Liberty, has its name changed to Liberty Island.

1961--The Beatles perform at St. John’s Hall, Tuebrook, Liverpool.

1961--Brian Epstein’s first record review column is published in the third issue of Mersey Beat.

1962--The Beatles perform at the Grafton Rooms, West Derby Road, Liverpool. They are the headliners, with supporting acts Gerry and the Pacemakers and The Big Three.

1963--The Beatles perform a night show at the Cavern Club, which will be their last at the venue. The Mersey Beats, The Escorts, The Road Runners, The Sapphires, and Johnny Ringo and the Colts are also on the bill. Although Brian Epstein promised after the show that The Beatles would be back at the Cavern one day, this would truly be their final appearance at the club that has become synonymous with The Beatles early years. Tickets for the show had gone on sale on July 21st at 1:30 p.m. and were sold out by 2:00 p.m. The Beatles, whose fee for their first performance at the Cavern had been £5, receive a fee of £300 pounds for this performance. By this time, The Beatles had made 250 to 300 performances at the Cavern.

1964--BBC-TV broadcasts “Follow The Beatles,” a documentary about the shooting of their first feature film, “A Hard Day's Night.”

1965--John Lennon takes his Aunt Mimi househunting in Bournemouth and Poole, eventually finding her a home overlooking Poole Harbour. She would remain at this house for the rest of her life.

1966--The South African government bans the broadcast of Beatles songs after John Lennon makes his “more popular than Jesus” remark. Although, many years later, the ban on the other Beatles solo recordings was lifted, Lennon recordings are still considered taboo.

1967--To promote Ravi Shankar’s Hollywood Bowl concert on August 4th, George Harrison joins the sitar player at his press conference.

1971--Paul McCartney announces that he has formed a new band called Wings. The members of Wings are Paul and Linda McCartney, drummer Denny Seiwell, and former Moody Blues guitarist Denny Laine.

1972--In a further attempt to find Yoko Ono’s daughter, Kyoko Cox, John and Yoko travel to San Francisco, California. Geraldo Rivera covers their journey for an ABC-TV Channel 7 Eyewitness News special program about the Lennons’ constant attempt to find Yoko’s child. Film footage (on August 5th) taken by Geraldo includes him traveling through the city with John and Yoko in a car, aboard a cable car, and braving extremely windy conditions to pay a visit to the Golden Gate Bridge. Later that night, back at the Lennons’ hotel, John and Yoko perform a medly of songs including: Well (Baby Please Don’t Go), Rock Island Line, Maybe Baby, Peggy Sue, Woman Is The Nigger of the World, A Fool Like Me, and The Calypso Song. It is during this weekend that the idea for the One To One concerts for the benefit of Willowbrook School for Children is conceived.

1977--Radio Shack issues a press release introducing the TRS-80 computer, with only 25 in existence. Within weeks, thousands of the trail-blazing computers were ordered.

1980--John Lennon and Yoko Ono spend the next two days at Sam Green’s house on Fire Island.

1987--UK re-release of the John Lennon album Mind Games on CD (EMI).

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