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Dean Martin and Jerry Lewis1704--Gibraltar is captured from Spain for the British by Admiral Sir George Rooke.

1943--In World War II, Operation Gomorrah, the concentrated heavy bombing of Hamburg by the allies, begins.

1956--After a decade together as the country’s most popular comedy team, Dean Martin and Jerry Lewis call it quits. They did their last show at the Copacabana nightclub in New York City, ending their relationship exactly 10 years after they had started it.

1961--The first US commercial airplane is hijacked to Cuba.

1961--The Beatles perform at Litherland Town Hall, Liverpool.

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

The Fourmost1963--The Beatles perform at the Odeon Cinema in Weston-super-Mare, Somerset. Earlier in the day they had been in London, attending a recording session for The Fourmost, who were recording the Lennon-McCartney song, Hello Little Girl.

1963--Roy Orbison makes his first appearance on “American Bandstand.”

1965--Ringo Starr buys “Sunny Heights,” at St. George's Hill Estate, Weybridge, Surrey.

The Beatles circa 1967.1967--An advertisement appears in the London Times, signed by all four Beatles and Brian Epstein, urging the British government to legalize marijuana.

1967--The Beatles appear on the front cover of Life magazine (the Asia edition) with the headline: “The New Far-Out Beatles.” The cover photo features their new Sgt. Pepper “mustache” look.

1968--The Beatles in the recording studio (Studio Two, EMI Studios, London). Recording Sexy Sadie (23 takes). But The Beatles will start a second re-make in August. At the end of the session, various and sundry sound effects are taped.

Badfinger1969--The Beatles in the recording studio (Studio Two, EMI Studios, London). Paul McCartney records a demo of his song, Come and Get It, which he intends to give to The Iveys. Paul will later produce The Iveys' recording of the song, persuade them to change their name to Badfinger, and arrange for Come and Get It to be selected as the theme song for the movie, "The Magic Christian." Later, The Beatles record Sun King / Mean Mr. Mustard (35 takes). The two songs are recorded as one continuous work. The demo of Come and Get It was released on The Beatles Anthology 3 (Disc two, Track 18). Also on The Beatles Anthology 3 is a jam of Ain't She Sweet, recorded during this day's session (Disc two, Track 19).

John Lennon and Yoko Ono in 1969.1969--After completing their Moon landing mission, Apollo 11 returns safely to Earth.

1971--John Lennon and Yoko Ono travel again to the Virgin Islands, where a judge grants them the right to bring up Yoko’s daughter, Kyoko, on the provision that they allow Anthony Cox reasonable access to the child. Despite this, John and Yoko still do not know Kyoko’s whereabouts.

1974--The US House Judiciary vote three articles of impeachment against President Richard Nixon.

Peter Sellers1978--The movie, ”Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band,” starring The Bee Gees and Peter Frampton, opens in New York. It has long been considered one of the worst rock films ever made.

1980--Peter Sellers, British actor and comedian, dies of heart trouble. He was noted for his film roles in “Dr Strangelove” and the “Pink Panther” movies. Long admired by The Beatles for his work on “The Goon Show,” he became quite friendly with them during the days of Beatlemania.

1987--”La Bamba,” the Ritchie Valens biopic starring Lou Diamond Phillips, opens in theaters.

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