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Paul McCartney with his father, James (center) and his brother, Mike (right).1863--The first military draft by the US begins (exemptions cost $100).

1902--James McCartney, father of Paul, is born. James had one great claim to fame: he was the father of Paul McCartney, a boy who would grow up to be part of one of the greatest rock and roll bands of all time, as well as half of one of the greatest songwriting partnerships, Lennon-McCartney. James had a great positive influence on Paul, with lively music hall and popular music being played regularly in the household (later to find its way into flavoring some of pop hits of The Beatles). He, and his wife, Mary, had a very stabilizing effect on the young McCartney, which clearly contributed to the character and charm that "Beatle Paul" offered to the world.

Ringo Starr1922--Pierre Cardin, fashion designer who created the “Unisex” look, is born in Paris, France.

1940--Richard Starkey (Ringo Starr) is born at Royal Liverpool Children's Hospital, Liverpool, England. At the time, is parents were living on Madryn Street in Dingle, the poorest section of Liverpool. Ringo was the oldest of The Beatles, but the last to join the group. Upon their arrival in America in February 1964, he was enormously popular with the fans and the press, which came as somewhat of a surprise to his bandmates.

1941--Latino guitarist-singer Chan Romero, who wrote The Hippy Hippy Shake, is born in Billings, Montana.

1952--The London trolley makes its last run.

1954--Dewey Phillips, of radio station WHBQ in Memphis, Tennessee, becomes the first DJ to play an Elvis Presley record. He premiers That's All Right, Mama and also interviews Elvis.

1956--Johnny Cash performs on the Grand Ole Opry for the first time.

1959--The Everly Brothers record Till I Kissed You at RCA Victor studios in Nashville.

1960--The Silver Beetles perform at the Neston Institute, Wirral.

1962--The Beatles perform at Hulme Hall, Port Sunlight, Birkenhead, Cheshire. This booking is a dance for the local golf club. The capacity of the hall is 450, but 500 people squeeze in to hear and see The Beatles.

Marianne Faithfull1963--The Beatles perform at the ABC Theatre in Blackpool, Lancashire.

1964--The Beatles record a lip-sync performance of three songs for the television program "Top of the Pops." They perform both sides of their new single, A Hard Day's Night and Things We Said Today, as well as the title track to a new EP, Long Tall Sally. The perfomance is broadcast on July 8 and July 29.

Picture sleeve for The Beatles1965--The Kinks (singing Tired Of Waiting For You), Sonny & Cher (singing I Got You Babe), and Marianne Faithfull appear on ABC-TV’s music show, “Shindig.”

1967--UK release of The Beatles’ single, All You Need Is Love / Baby You're a Rich Man (Parlophone). 10 weeks on the charts; highest position #1.

1967--Dusty Springfield begins a three-week residency at New York's Copacabana nightclub.

The Yardbirds1968--The Yardbirds finally call it quits, leading guitarist Jimmy Page to form the New Yardbirds in order to fulfill some tour commitments. The group, featuring Robert Plant, John Bonham, and John Paul Jones, later becomes Led Zeppelin.

1969--US release of the John Lennon / Plastic Ono Band single Give Peace a Chance / Remember Love (Apple). 9 weeks on Billboard chart; highest position #14.

1969--The Beatles in the recording studio (Studio Two, EMI Studios, London). Recording Here Comes the Sun (13 takes and an overdub). John Lennon is still absent due to his automobile accident in Scotland.

1970--George Harrison's mother, Louise, dies of cancer.

1971--US release of the Elastic Oz Band (which included John Lennon and Yoko Ono) single, God Save Us / Do the Oz (Apple). John and Yoko had written the song to raise money for OZ magazine's obscenity trial defense fund. Bill Elliot is lead vocalist on God Save Us; John Lennon is lead vocalist on Do the Oz.

Just Like Dad bubble gum cigarettes.1989--It's reported that CDs are now outselling vinyl albums.

1994--Viacom Inc., the movie, publishing and sports company, buys Paramount Communications Inc. for $10 billion. The company that became Viacom was spun off from CBS in the 1970s because of government rules (later repealed), that prevented networks from owning their own programming. Since then, Viacom has grown to become a major player in media and cable, forming the pay channel Showtime in 1978, and acquiring MTV in 1986. On August 29, 1994, Viacom spent another $8 billion for Blockbuster Entertainment.

1999--In a huge defeat for the US tobacco industry, a Florida jury finds that smoking causes a number of diseases and that the industry hid the dangers of smoking from the public.

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