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1858--The first transatlantic cable is completed, enabling telegraphic communication between the United States and Britain. The service ended on September 1st, as the current was too weak.

1884--The cornerstone of the Statue of Liberty was laid on Bedloe’s Island in New York harbor.

1942--Rick Huxley, bass guitarist with the Dave Clark Five, is born.

1957--The first edition of Dick Clark’s “American Bandstand” airs on national TV (ABC).

1961--The Beatles perform a night show at the Cavern Club. Jazz trumpeter Kenny Ball also appears.

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

1962--Actress Marilyn Monroe dies from a drug overdose in Los Angeles, California, in a case that is still unsolved and in which conspiracy theories abound. She was 36 years old.

1963--The Beatles perform at the Urmston Show, Urmston, Lancashire. The Beatles head a four-act opening show for the “A Twist and Shout Dance Festival” event in south Manchester. Others on the bill include Brian Poole and the Tremeloes, The Dennisons, and Johnny Martin and the Tremors.

1963--Great Britain, the United States, and the USSR sign the Limited Test Ban Treaty in Moscow, banning nuclear testing in the atmosphere, in space, or underwater. Underground testing, however, was not prohibited. It has since been signed by more than 100 countries.

1964--The US begins bombing North Vietnam.

1965--Sonny & Cher play their first British concert at London’s 100 Club.

1966--US release of The Beatles’ single Eleanor Rigby / Yellow Submarine (Capitol). It will spend 9 weeks on the Billboard chart, with its highest position at #2. In the UK, it will spend 8 weeks on the charts, with its highest position at #1.

1966--UK release of The Beatles’ LP Revolver (Parlophone). This is The Beatles' seventh album. Songs are: Taxman, Eleanor Rigby, I'm Only Sleeping, Love You To, Here, There and Everywhere, Yellow Submarine, She Said She Said, Good Day Sunshine, And Your Bird Can Sing, For No One, Dr. Robert, I Want to Tell You, Got to Get You Into My Life, and Tomorrow Never Knows. This album goes all the way to #1.

1966--The Spanish radio RKT inforces censorship against The Beatles, due to John Lennon’s statement about “being bigger than Jesus.”

1969--The Beatles in the recording studio (Studios Three and Two, EMI Studios, London). George has his new Moog synthesizer brought into the studio for group to use in finishing up Abbey Road. Moog overdubs are recorded onto Because. Then vocals are overdubbed onto The End. Paul had brought along tape loops to use in creating the transition sounds linking You Never Give Me Your Money and Sun King.

1969--Tony Clark, balance engineer, and Alan Parsons, second engineer, make a copy from an ordinary cassette of some recent private recordings of John Lennon and Yoko Ono. Anthony Fawcett, assistent to the Lennons demands they hand over the tape.

1980--Recording continues on the Double Fantasy album with work on Cleanup Time and Woman. Every morning for the duration of the Double Fantasy sessions, John Lennon would meet Jack Douglas at the Dakota at 9:00 a.m. and the two would walk the short distance to the La Fortuna Cafe on 71st street for breakfast. At around 11:00 a.m., while Douglas would return to the Hit Factory to resume work with Yoko Ono, John would return to the Dakota for some sleep until the early afternoon, when he would rejoin Yoko and Jack at the Hit Factory.

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