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John Lennon kisses Yoko Ono in a photo session from the early 1970s.1439--Kissing is outlawed by the English Parliament to halt the spread of pestilence and disease.

Popcorn1821--Mary Baker Eddy, founder of the Christian Science movement, is born.

1907--Popcorn King, Orville Redenbacher, is born.

1935--The first automatic parking meters in the US are installed in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma.

1940--Tony Jackson, lead singer of The Searchers, is born in Dingle, Liverpool, England.

1940--Adolf Hitler orders the preparations to begin on the invasion of England, known as Operation Sea Lion.

1945--The United States stages the first test of an atomic bomb (code-named “Trinity”), just before dawn (5:30 a.m.) in the New Mexico desert (at Alamogordo Air Base).

An atomic blast1951--The novel, "The Catcher in the Rye," by J.D. Salinger is published.

1960--The Silver Beatles perform at the Grosvenor Ballroom, Liscard, Wallasey.

1961--The Beatles perform at Blair Hall, Walton, Liverpool.

1962--The Beatles perform at the Cavern Club at lunchtime and at the Plaza Ballroom, St. Helens, at night.

The Beatles in 1964. Left to right: George Harrison, Ringo Starr, Paul McCartney, and John Lennon.1963--The Beatles record three editions of their BBC radio series, "Pop Go the Beatles" at the BBC Paris Studio in London. The recording of 10 tracks for The Beatles' first album in one day (Feb. 11,1963) is widely known, but the group recorded 18 tracks on this day, and in less time. For show #8, The Beatles perform I'm Gonna Sit Right Down and Cry (Over You), Crying Waiting Hoping, Kansas City / Hey Hey Hey Hey, To Know Her Is To Love Her, The Honeymoon Song, and Twist and Shout. Their guests are The Swinging Blue Jeans. Broadcast on August 6. For show #9, The Beatles perform Long Tall Sally, Please Please Me, She Loves You, You Really Got a Hold On Me, I'll Get You, and I Got a Woman. Their guests are The Hollies. Broadcast on August 13. For show #10, The Beatles perform She Loves You (but they prefer the version performed on the 9th show and use that one again instead), Words of Love, Glad All Over, I Just Don't Understand, Devil In Her Heart, and Slow Down. Their guests are Russ Sainty and the Nu-Notes. Broadcast on August 20. [Note: a number of tracks recorded this day are included on the 1994 Beatles double-CD Live at the BBC. From show #8, I'm Gonna Sit Right Down and Cry (Over You) (Disc one, Track 20); Crying Waiting Hoping (Disc one, Track 21); To Know Her Is To Love Her (Disc one, Track 24); The Honeymoon Song (Disc one, Track 28); and Kansas City / Hey Hey Hey Hey (Disc two, Track 24). From show #9, I Got a Woman (Disc one, Track 4); and Long Tall Sally (Disc one, Track 26). From show #10, Glad All Over (Disc two, Track 15); I Just Don't Understand (Disc two, Track 16); and Slow Down (Disc two, Track 33).]

Cream1963--The Beach Boys record the classic songs, Catch a Wave and In My Room.

1964--The trade paper Film Daily gives The Beatles’ movie, "A Hard Day's Night," horrible reviews.

1966--Three musicians in London, Eric Clapton, Jack Bruce and Ginger Baker, form the band Cream. The band would go on to become regarded as rock's first supergroup as well as one of the most popular and influential bands of the 1960s.

1968--The Beatles in the recording studio (Studio Two, EMI Studios, London). Recording Cry Baby Cry (10 takes). Then harmonium (played by George Martin) and piano (played by John Lennon) are overdubbed. Engineer, Geoff Emerick, no longer able to stand the tension, bickering, and flaring tempers between The Beatles, decides to no longer work with them. Take 1 was released on The Beatles Anthology 3 (Disc one, Track 13).

1969--The Beatles in the recording studio (Studios Three and Two, EMI Studios, London). Recording overdubs for Here Comes the Sun.

Apollo 11 blasts off from Cape Kennedy.1969--Apollo 11 is launched on its historic mission to land men on the Moon, with astronauts Neil Armstrong, Buzz Aldrin and Michael Collins aboard.

1971--UK release of the Elastic Oz Band single, God Save Us / Do the Oz (Apple). John Lennon and Yoko Ono wrote the song to raise money for Oz magazine's obscenity trial defense fund. Lead vocalist on God Save Us is Bill Elliot. John Lennon sang lead on Do the Oz.

1971--John Lennon makes a statement supporting Oz magazine and sings The End of the Road, at a press conference dealing with the Oz obscenity case in the UK. The recording is released as a flexi-disc in Oz magazine.

1974--John Lennon and May Pang take up residence in a small apartment at Eddie Germano’s two-story building at East 52nd Street in New York. Two of their first visitors are Paul and Linda McCartney. According to John, they spent a couple of “Beaujolais evenings, reminiscing about old times.” Sharing the apartment with John and May are two kittens (one black, one white) named Major and Minor. A seven-inch single often played on John’s record player is a bootleg disc of How Do You Do It?, recorded by The Beatles back in 1962.

1980--Former actor, Ronald Reagan, receives the Republican Presidential Nomination at the party’s convention in Detroit, Michigan.
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1980--”No Nukes,” a documentary film on the benefit concerts of the same name starring Bruce Springsteen and James Taylor, premieres in New York.

John F. Kennedy, Jr.1986--Columbia Records announces that after 28 years with the label, the contract of country star Johnny Cash would not be renewed. Cash recorded 13 hits on the pop music charts from 1956 to 1976; all but four on Columbia. The others were on Sam Phillips’ Memphis-based label, Sun Records. Cash’s biggest hit for Columbia was A Boy Named Sue in 1969.

1990--A 7.8 earthquake in the Philippines, leaves a death toll of over 1,600.

1999--A plane carrying John F. Kennedy, Jr, his wife, Caroline, and her sister, crashes off the Massachusetts resort island of Martha's Vineyard, killing all on board.

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