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1902--Edward VII of England is crowned King after the death of his mother, Queen Victoria.

1945--”Fat Man,” a plutonium bomb carried by the US B-29 bomber, “Bockscar,” is scheduled to be dropped on the Japanese city of Kokura. It was three days after the US had dropped an atomic bomb on Hiroshima, Japan. The weather made visibility poor, so the aircraft passed Kokura and chose its secondary target, Nagasaki. “Fat Man” destroyed over half of Nagasaki and killed more than 70,000 people. This was the end of World War II. Japan surrendered unconditionally the following day.

1961--The Beatles perform a night show at the Cavern Club.

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

1963--The Beatles perform at the Springfield Ballroom, St. Saviour, Jersey, Channel Islands. This is The Beatles' fourth night playing in the Channel Islands, returning to Jersey after the previous night’s performance on the island of Guernsey.

1964--The Beatles perform at the Futurist Theatre in Scarborough.

1964--Bob Dylan and Joan Baez perform on stage together for the first time.

1965--IBC Studios, 35 Portland Place, London. Recording of You've Got To Hide Your Love Away by the Silkie. John Lennon (producer), Paul McCartney (guitar) and George Harrison (tamborine) attend.

1966--The original and never used stereo remix of We Can Work It Out is destroyed.

1967--Controversial British playright, Joe Orton, is killed by Kenneth Halliwell. The Beatles had considered having Orton write a feature film for them, but it never came about.

1967--Lucy Martin, daughter of George Martin and his wife Lucy, is born.

1968--The Beatles in the recording studio (Studio Two, EMI Studios, London). Take 99 of Not Guilty from the previous night’s session is given a reduction mixdown to create take 102. Drum, guitar, and bass tracks are then overdubbed, but the song is still not completed. After the other Beatles go home for the evening (at 2:00 a.m.), Paul McCartney stays behind and records Mother Nature’s Son, taping 25 takes. A brass overdub will be added later. Like Paul’s song Blackbird, none of the other Beatles will contribute to the finished track. Take 2 of Mother Nature’s Son is included on The Beatles Anthology 3 (Disc one, Track 19).

1969--Sharon Tate and four other people are found murdered at Tate’s leased residence in Los Angeles, California. Charles Manson and several members of his cult were later convicted of the horrendous crime.

1973--Guitarist Henry McCullough and drummer Denny Seiwell quit Paul McCartney’s band, Wings.

1973--The US Senate committee investigating the Watergate affair file a suit against President Richard Nixon.

1974--US President Richard Nixon formally resigns. Gerald R. Ford takes his place, and becomes the 38th President of the United States.

1980--When Yoko Ono fluffs her vocals one time too often during the ongoing Double Fantasy recording sessions, John lets rip with, “Remember the bridge on the River Kwai, you fuck!”

1995--Jerry Garcia, 53-year-old guitarist and co-founder of The Grateful Dead, dies at a Northern California residential drug treatment center. Cause of death is a heart attack.

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