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Liverpool Cathedral1904--Construction begins on the Liverpool Cathedral in England. The cathedral was completed 20 years later and consecrated on this same date in 1924.

1913--Billboard publishes its first top 10 chart, titled "Last Week's 10 Best Sellers Among Popular Songs."

Marilyn Monroe1941--British Prime Minister, Winston Churchill, launches his "V for Victory" campaign in Europe.

1946--Marilyn Monroe films her first screen test. She passed it with flying colors and was signed to her first contract with Twentieth Century Fox Studios.

1954--Elvis Presley's first single, That's All Right Mama, is released by Sun Records.

1958--Julia Lennon is buried in Allerton Cemetery. Sadly, after John Lennon became famous, her headstone had to be removed to avoid vandalism.

1961--The Beatles perform at the Cavern Club at lunchtime and then again at night.

1962--The Beatles perform at the Majestic Ballroom, Birkenhead. The previous week was to have been The Beatles' final appearance after three consecutive Thursdays at this venue, but they were asked back for one more performance, due to popular demand.
The Beatles in their collarless suits in 1963. Left to right: John Lennon, Paul McCartney, Ringo Starr and George Harrison.
1963--The Beatles perform at the Ritz Ballroom, Rhyl, Flintshire.

1964--The Beatles appear live on television from the ABC Theatre in Blackpool, on the variety program "Blackpool Night Out." They perform five songs: A Hard Day's Night, And I Love Her, If I Fell, Things We Said Today, and Long Tall Sally. The Beatles also participate in comedy sketches (as doctors operating on Ringo and as refuse collectors).

Picture for the US release of The Beatles hit song, Help!1965--US release of The Beatles’ single, Help! / I'm Down (Capitol). This mono version of Help! differs from the album version and has a different John Lennon vocal; this version will be released on the Rarities LP in 1980. 13 weeks on Billboard chart; highest position #1.

1966 - Frank Sinatra (50) marries actress Mia Farrow (20). The couple were photographed after the ceremony by 14 motion-picture cameras and 37 still cameras.
Frank Sinatra marries Mia Farrow.
1967--The Beatles' single, All You Need Is Love is #1 in the UK charts (Record Retailer).

1968--The Beatles in the recording studio (Studio Two, EMI Studios, London). Recording Sexy Sadie (at one time titled "Maharishi"). 21 rehearsal takes are recorded, some up to 8 minutes long. On July 24, taping of a more structured recording will take place. During the session, John Lennon sings a version of Sexy Sadie with off-color lyrics. He also sings an off-the-cuff ballad about Brian Epstein that has been bootlegged under the title "Brian Epstein Blues." The Beatles also record a six-minute instrumental version of the song Summertime. Take 6 of Sexy Sadie is included on The Beatles Anthology 3 (Disc one, Track 15) and is faded out because the end of the song had not yet been worked out.

1971--A press conference is held at Apple headquarters to promote Yoko Ono's book, "Grapefruit." John Lennon says, "In England I'm regarded as the guy who won the pools. She's regarded as the lucky Jap who married the guy who won the pools. In America, we are both treated as artists." Says Yoko: “The idea of the book is that anyone can be an artist. The artist is a frame of mind. In New York they call it a toilet reading book.” John then quips: “Yeah, that’s the best place to read it!”

Walter Mondale and Geraldine Ferraro on the campaign trail in 1984.1981--In Odessa, Texas, it's "Roy Orbison Day."

1984--Geraldine Ferraro is nominated by the Democratic Party to become the first woman from a major political party to run for the office of US Vice President. Ferraro, age 48, campaigned with presidential hopeful Walter Mondale of Minnesota. Both lost in a landslide to the GOP ticket of Ronald Reagan and George Bush.

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