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1887--Thomas A. Edison receives a patent for his “kinetoscope,” a device which produces moving pictures.

1939--Jerry Allison, drummer with Buddy Holly and the Crickets, is born in Hillsboro, Texas.

1955--Brian Epstein is appointed a director of I. Epstein & Sons (Liverpool) Limited, one of the two furniture-dealing sides of the family business.

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

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

1961--”Mersey Beat” publishes an article by Bob Wooler about The Beatles.

1962--The Beatles perform at Town Hall, Lydney, Gloucestershire.

1962--Trinidad and Tobago gain independence from Britain.

1963--The Beatles perform at the Odeon Cinema in Southport. This is the final night of a six-night engagement at the Odeon, with The Beatles performing two shows each night.

1963--The Beatles record She Loves You debuts on the British charts. A week later, it will go to number one.

1965--The Beatles, on tour in North America, perform two shows at the Cow Palace in San Francisco, California. Total attendance is 28,700. This is the final date on The Beatles 10-stop tour of North America. They will fly back to England the following day, enjoying the next six weeks off from working.

1968--The Beatles record, Hey Jude, enters the Billboard chart ranking at #10, a record for the singles chart.

1974--John Lennon testifies in federal court that US President Richard Nixon tried to have him deported for fear that he would be involved with anti-war demonstrations.

1976--A judge finds George Harrison guilty of “subconscious plagiarism” of the melody line of the 1963 Chiffons’ hit, He’s So Fine, in writing My Sweet Lord. The judge says that the chorus to Harrison’s My Sweet Lord was identical to He’s So Fine, and it eventually cost the former Beatle over half a million dollars. Appeals on the case went on for about five years.

1997--Britain’s Diana, Princess of Wales, was killed in an early-morning car crash in Paris, France. Also killed was her millionaire companion, Harrods department store heir, Dodi Fayed. The couple was being chased by aggressive paparazzi (photographers) on motorcycles at the time of the accident.

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