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Nikola Tesla1856--Nikola Tesla, the physicist who developed alternating current, is born.

1900--The Victor Recording Company copyrights its trademark of a dog looking into the horn of a gramophone.

Ian Whitcomb1940--The Battle of Britain begins in World War II, when at least 70 German bombers attack docks in south Wales.

1941--Singer Ian Whitcomb is born in Woking, England. He never particularly cared for the rock and roll style that became associated with British acts coming to the US in the mid-60s, preferring the blues and “Tin Pan Alley” style. His only Top 10 hit was actually recorded at the end of a session of blues and reggae recording. That song, You Turn Me On, went to No. 8, and his follow up, N-N-Nervous, never even broke into the Top 40.

Sue Lyon, star of Lolita.1946--Sue Lyon, nymphette star of the film, “Lolita,” is born in Davenport, Iowa.

1949--The first practical rectangular TV tube is announced. The tube measures 12” x 16” and sells for $12.

1950--"Your Hit Parade" premieres on NBC-TV (it will later move to CBS-TV).

A British parking meter; the inspiration for The Beatles1958--The Everly Brothers record their No. 10 hit, Devoted To You.

1958--The first parking meter is installed in England (a total of 625 meters are installed).

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

1962--Telstar, the first television telecommunications satellite, is launched from Cape Canaveral, making it possible to relay television programs across the Atlantic. To commemorate the event, the instrumental hit, Telstar, by the Tornadoes, an English surf-rock group, made it to number one for three weeks in November, 1962.

1963--The Beatles perform two shows at the Winter Gardens, Margate, Kent.

The Beatles, circa 1963. Left to right: Ringo Starr, Paul McCartney, John Lennon, and George Harrison.1963--The Beatles record two more editions of "Pop Go the Beatles" (No. 6 and 7) at Aeolian Hall, London. The sixth show, which will be broadcast on July 23, features The Beatles performing Sweet Little Sixteen, A Taste of Honey, Nothin' Shakin' (But the Leaves on the Trees), Love Me Do, Lonesome Tears In My Eyes, and So How Come (No One Loves Me). The Beatles' guests for the show are Carter Lewis and the Southerners. Program seven, which will be broadcast on July 30, features The Beatles performing Memphis, Do You Want to Know a Secret, Till There Was You, Matchbox, Please Mr. Postman, and The Hippy Hippy Shake. The Searchers are The Beatles' guests. A number of recordings from this day are included on the 1994 Beatles double-CD Live at the BBC. From show six, A Taste of Honey (Disc one, Track 25); Sweet Little Sixteen, Lonesome Tears in My Eyes, and Nothin' Shakin' (But the Leaves on the Trees) (Disc two, Tracks 10-13); So How Come (No One Loves Me) (Disc two, Track 17); and Love Me Do (Disc two, Track 35). From show seven, Memphis (Disc one, Track 30); The Hippy Hippy Shake (Disc two, Track 14); and Matchbox (Disc two, Track 26).

1964--UK release of The Beatles’ LP, A Hard Day's Night (Parlophone). The Beatles' third album. Songs: A Hard Day's Night, I Should Have Known Better, If I Fell, I'm Happy Just to Dance With You, And I Love Her, Tell Me Why, Can't Buy Me Love, Any Time at All, I'll Cry Instead, Things We Said Today, When I Get Home, You Can't Do That, and I'll Be Back. Highest chart position: #1.

1964--UK release of The Beatles’ single, A Hard Day's Night / Things We Said Today (Parlophone). Released on the same day as the A Hard Day's Night LP. 10 weeks on the charts; highest position #1.

The Beatles on their return to Liverpool in July 1964.1964--The Beatles return to Liverpool as conquering heroes. As they drive from the Liverpool airport to the city center, an estimated 200,000 Liverpudlians line the streets to wave and cheer them into town. The group is honored in a public ceremony in front of Liverpool Town Hall. As The Beatles stand on a balcony looking at the large crowd gathered below, John Lennon, reminded of Hitler's Nuremberg rallies, performs a few Nazi "Sieg Heil" salutes. Not everyone appreciates his sense of humor. The movie, "A Hard Day's Night," opening in Liverpool on this day, is screened at Liverpool's Odeon Cinema.
American Beatles LP, Beatles VI.
1965--The Beatles' album, Beatles VI, goes to No. 1 in the US and stays there for six weeks.

1968--The Beatles in the recording studio (Studio Three, EMI Studios, London). Recording the 45 rpm version of Revolution. Ten takes are recorded and vocals are overdubbed.

1969--John Lennon and Yoko Ono appear in a pre-recorded edition of the “David Frost Show” on US television, taking the opportunity to plug their forthcoming Life With The Lions LP.

1969--The Beatles in the recording studio (Studio Two, EMI Studios, London). Recording overdubs for Maxwell's Silver Hammer.

1969--Rolling Stone, Brian Jones, is buried in the Priory Road Cemetery in Cheltenham, England, following a funeral attended by The Rolling Stones, minus Mick Jagger, who is in Australia filming “Ned Kelly.” Jones' epitaph is "Please don't judge me so harshly."

Cher on the cover of Time magazine, circa 1975.1971--John Lennon, Yoko Ono and Jerry Rubin go to a theatre on Third Avenue in New York to see the movie, “Carnal Knowledge.” They run into Jonathan Cott (of Rolling Stone magazine) in the lobby.

1972--US release of Harry Nilsson's Son of Schmilsson LP. George Harrison plays on one track (using the name George Harrysong) and Ringo Starr plays on five tracks (using the name Richie Snare).

1973--Great Britain grants the Bahamas its independence, after three centuries of British colonial rule.

1975--Cher files for divorce from Gregg Allman, just 10 days after they were married. However, the couple reconsider and a year later she gives birth to Allman's child, Elijah.

1979--Chuck Berry is sentenced to four months in jail for income tax evasion. The frugal Berry usually asks to be paid in cash by promoters.
The Monkees receive a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame on July 10, 1989.
1981--Jerry Lee Lewis undergoes emergency stomach surgery.

1989--UK re-release of The Beatles’ singles on three-inch CDs: Lady Madonna / The Inner Light and Hey Jude / Revolution (Parlophone).

1989--The Monkees receive a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

1991--After 1,000 years, the Russian people are finally permitted to elect a president, when Boris Yeltsin takes the oath of office, after resoundingly defeating the Communist Party candidate.

Artwork for The Beatles Anthology, created by old Beatles friend, Klaus Voormann.1995--Klaus Voormann attends a meeting at the Apple Corps London headquarters, bringing with him a handful of sketches for The Beatles Anthology covers. Also in attendance are Neil Aspinall, Derek Taylor, David Saltz of ABC-TV, and Rick Ward, the art director for The Beatles Anthology project.

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