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1928--Andy Warhol, American pop-art and op-art painter, is born. It was Warhol who said “someday everyone will be famous for fifteen minutes.”

1940--Columbia Records cuts the price of its 12-inch classical records. The records were priced to sell at $1.00. Within two weeks, RCA Victor did the same and ended a record-buying slump brought on by disinterested consumers.

1945--More than 200,000 civilians die from the explosion and/or radiation when an American B-29 bomber, the Enola Gay, drops an atomic bomb over the center of Hiroshima, Japan. It was the first time an atomic bomb had been dropped over a populated place, and the first time a nuclear weapon was used in warfare. The after effects of this WWII event are still felt today.

1960--The Beatles visit the Casbah Coffee Club, and see Pete Best performing with The Blackjacks.

1961--The Beatles perform at the Casbah Coffee Club, West Derby, Liverpool.

1962--After 300 years of British colonial rule, Jamaica gains its independence.

1963--The Beatles perform at the Springfield Ballroom in St. Saviour, Jersey, Channel Islands. This is the first of five nights playing in the Channel Islands, four of them at this venue. And for the first time, the group flies, rather than drives, to the location.

1963--Release in Sweden of The Beatles’ single Twist and Shout / Boys (Odeon). Seven weeks in the Swedish charts with the highest position of #3.

1963--NEMS Enterprises, Brian Epstein, and a staff of three move to new premises at 24 Moonfields in Liverpool.

1965--UK release of The Beatles’ LP Help! (Parlophone). This is The Beatles' fifth album. Songs: Help!, The Night Before, You’ve Got To Hide Your Love Away, I Need You, Another Girl, You’re Going To Lose That Girl, Ticket To Ride, Act Naturally, It’s Only Love, You Like Me Too Much, Tell Me What You See, I’ve Just Seen a Face, Yesterday, and Dizzy Miss Lizzy. Highest chart position: #1. [Note: The song Dizzy Miss Lizzy is spelled "Dizzy Miss Lizzie" on some CD copies of this album.]

1966--John Lennon and Paul McCartney record (at Paul’s home on Cavendish Avenue, St. John’s Wood, London) a BBC radio program, “The Lennon and McCartney Songbook.” It consists of the two giving opinions of already-released versions of Lennon-McCartney songs performed by other artists. The show would be broadcast on August 29th.

1966--Brian Epstein leaves his holiday at the village of Portmeirion, North Wales, to fly to New York and give a televised press conference defending John Lennon in the “Bigger than Jesus” controversy. “John Lennon’s views have been misinterpreted,” he explains.

1968--John Lennon and Yoko Ono attend a fashion show at a discotheque, The Revolution, in Mayfair. John is interviewed, along with Pattie Harrison and fashion editor Suzy Menkes. The interview is broadcast that night on BBC Radio 1 and 2, on the program “Late Night Extra.”

1969--The Beatles in the recording studio (Studios Three and Two, EMI Studios, London). George Harrison records an acoustic guitar overdub for Here Comes the Sun, and Paul McCartney records Moog synthesizer onto Maxwell's Silver Hammer. With all of the basic tracks for Abbey Road recorded, and only overdubs left, there will be only a few more instances where all four Beatles are in the studio together.

1980--John Lennon records unreleased takes of I'm Stepping Out.

1988--The Traveling Wilburys begin a surprise mini-tour prior to releasing their debut album. The group consists of George Harrison, Jeff Lynne, Bob Dylan, Rob Orbison, and Tom Petty.

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