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The Byrds1837--Queen Victoria moves into Buckingham Palace, the first monarch to do so.

1871--The first cat show is held on in London’s Crystal Palace.

1898--Guglielmo Marconi patents the radio.

1942--Roger McGuinn, of The Byrds, is born in Chicago, Illinois. He started singing backup for The Chad Mitchell Trio, Bobby Darin, and The Limelighters, before starting his own group, The Byrds. The group had two No. 1 songs in 1965: Mr. Tambourine Man and Turn! Turn! Turn! (To Everything There Is a Season).

Louis Prima and Keely Smith1953--Swinger Louis Prima marries vocalist Keely Smith, his fourth wife.

1957--Elvis Presley tops the English charts for the first time with All Shook Up.

1960--John F. Kennedy wins the Democratic Presidential Nomination at his party's convention in Los Angeles.

1961--The Beatles perform at St. John's Hall, Tuebrook, Liverpool. This is The Beatles' first performance since returning to Liverpool from their lengthy (13 weeks) stay at Hamburg's Top Ten Club. Yet while The Beatles are better and more popular than ever, they are frustrated by their seeming inability to enlarge their career beyond Liverpool.

The Beatles in 1963. Left to right: Ringo Starr, Paul McCartney, George Harrison, and John Lennon.1962--The Beatles perform at the Tower Ballroom, New Brighton, Wallasey.

1963--The Beatles perform two shows at the Winter Gardens, Margate, Kent. This is the final night of their six-night engagement.

1963--A contest is run in the UK teen magazine Boyfriend. The prize: a lunch with The Beatles and attendance at a Beatles recording session.

Picture sleeve for The Beatles single, "A Hard Day1964--US release of The Beatles’ single, A Hard Day's Night / I Should Have Known Better (Capitol). 13 weeks on Billboard chart; highest position #1.

1965--Paul McCartney accepts five Ivor Novello awards on behalf of The Beatles at a luncheon held at the Savoy Hotel in London. McCartney arrives late, having nearly forgotten about the luncheon. John Lennon, also scheduled to attend, never arrives.

1973--The Everly Brothers called it quits during a concert at the John Wayne Theatre in Buena Park, California. Phil Everly walked off the stage in the middle of the show and brother Don said, “The Everly Brothers died ten years ago.” The duo reunited a decade later for a short time.

1975--John Lennon is awarded $144,700 by a New York court for lost royalties and damage to his reputation from Morris Levy's unauthorized Lennon album Roots.

Live Aid1985--The Live Aid concert for African famine relief takes place in both Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (JFK Stadium) and London, England (Wembley Stadium) and is telecast worldwide. The 16-hour, all-day and much-of-the-night concert featured some of the biggest names in rock music, including Mick Jagger, Tina Turner, Madonna, Bob Dylan, and Paul McCartney. 162,000 people attended the concert and another 1.5 billion viewed it on TV. The event, organized by Bob Geldof, raised over $100 million.

1977--A blackout lasting 25 hours hits the New York City area. The massive power failure (at 9:34 p.m.) causes looting and rioting. The police arrest at least 3,000 looters.

George Harrison LP, "Live In Japan."1992--UK release of the George Harrison CD, LP, and cassette, Live in Japan (Warner Brothers). Recorded during Harrison's tour of Japan (with Eric Clapton) in December 1991. Songs: I Want to Tell You, Old Brown Shoe, Taxman, Give Me Love (Give Me Peace On Earth), If I Needed Someone, Something, What Is Life, Dark Horse, Piggies, Got My Mind Set On You, Cloud 9, Here Comes the Sun, My Sweet Lord, All Those Years Ago, Cheer Down, Devil's Radio, Isn't It a Pity, While My Guitar Gently Weeps, and Roll Over Beethoven.

Ringo Starr CD, "Ringo Starr and His All Starr Band, Live From Montreuz."1992--Ringo Starr and His All-Starr Band perform at the Montreux Jazz Festival in Switzerland. The performance is recorded for the LP, Ringo Starr and His All-Starr Band: Live From Montreux.

1992--An appeals court in New York rules that Jett Williams, the secret daughter of Hank Williams, is entitled to share the royalties from his songs. In 1984, Jett had hired investigator Keith Adkinson, who found that Jett had been deliberately defrauded out of her father’s estate and his copyright royalties. Adkinson sued on her behalf. On October 26, 1987 the Alabama Circuit Court ruled that Hank Williams was Jett’s father. On July 5, 1989 the Alabama Supreme Court ruled that Jett had been defrauded, and awarded her half of her father’s estate. And on July 13, 1992 the federal court in New York awarded Jett her proportionate share of her father's copyright renewal royalties.

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