how the past
impacts the now.
role The Beatles
played in changing
the modern world.
THE FOLLOWING EVENTS TOOK PLACE ON JULY 8
1865--C.E. Barnes, of Lowell, Maine, patents the machine gun.
1870--US Congress authorizes the registration of trademarks.
1889--The Wall Street Journal begins publication.
1907--Florenz Ziegfeld stages the first "Ziegfeld Follies" at the roof garden of the New York Theatre.
1958--The first gold record album is presented by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA). The award goes to the soundtrack Oklahoma!
1960--Storer Broadcasting Company purchases WINS radio in New York City for $10 million. It was the highest price paid for a radio station (to that time). Many great radio personalities including Murray the K, Bruce Morrow and Alan Freed were stars on WINS Radio.
1962--The Beatles perform at the Cavern Club at night.
1963--The Beatles perform two shows at the Winter Gardens, Margate, Kent. This is the first night of a six-night engagement. The Beatles' song list for the six nights is Roll Over Beethoven, Thank You Girl, Chains, Please Please Me, A Taste of Honey, I Saw Her Standing There, Baby It's You, From Me to You, and Twist and Shout.
1964--Freddie and the Dreamers record I'm Telling You Now.
1965--The Dave Clark Five's movie, "Catch Us If You Can," premieres at London's Rialto cinema. It is re-titled "Having A Wild Weekend" for US audiences, possibly to tie in with their new album release, Weekend In London.
1966--UK release of The Beatles EP, Nowhere Man (Parlophone). Songs: Nowhere Man, Drive My Car, Michelle, and You Won't See Me. Highest chart position: #4.
1966--The Beatles album Yesterday and Today is certified a gold record, less than a week after it was released in the US.
1966--The Beatles arrive in London following their Pacific tour. After the turmoil in the Philippines, The Beatles had flown to India for a vacation, but even there, Beatlemania kept them from enjoying their stay. Brian Epstein announces the cancellation of tours previously booked for the Philippines for Cilla Black and Sounds Incorporated. An exasperated George Harrison, when asked what the group's immediate plans were, said, "We're going to have a couple of weeks to recuperate before we go and get beaten up by the Americans." And, unfortunately, that's exactly what happened.
1968--The Beatles in the recording studio (Studio Two, EMI Studios, London). Recording a re-make of Ob-La-Di Ob-La-Da. Dissatisfied with the initial recordings, The Beatles decide to start over again and re-make the song from the start, for the first time scrapping work done with outside musicians. They record 12 takes, which include John Lennon's distinctive piano intro.
1968--Press preview of the film, Yellow Submarine, at the Bowater House Cinema. Paul McCartney, George Harrison and Ringo Starr attend, and pose for photographers with a life-sized cardboard cut-out of their Yellow Submarine cartoon images. John Lennon does not attend.
1969--The Beatles in the recording studio (Studio Two, EMI Studios, London). Recording overdubs for Here Comes the Sun. John Lennon is absent.
1969--In what authorities rule attempted suicide, singer Marianne Faithfull takes an overdose of barbituates on the set of the Austrailian movie, "Ned Kelly." Her boyfriend, Mick Jagger, is scheduled to be her co-star, but she is dropped from the production. Two days later, she enters a hospital for heroin addiction.
1970--The Everly Brothers Show is launched on ABC-TV as a summer series.
1990--At exactly 12:34:56, the time and date are numerically in order. Read left to right, the time and date are 1234567890.
1998--The United States Postal Service announces that The Beatles will be honored on a commemorative postage stamp to be issued in September 1999. The stamp will be issued as part of the USPS "Celebrate the Century" commemorative stamp and education program. The American public was given the opportunity to vote on the most memorable people, places, and events of the 1960s, and nearly one million ballots were cast. In the category of Arts and Entertainment, The Beatles received the most votes. Coming in second and third in that category were Woodstock and "Star Trek"; both will be included in the stamp issue, which will contain 15 different commemorative stamps. The top vote-getter in all categories was "Man Walks on the Moon."
1998--The estate of Roy Orbison files a $12 million royalty suit against Sony Music Entertainment, Inc. The suit alleges that Sony, in selling licenses from the artist's Monument Records master recordings, consistently underpaid Orbison in domestic and international royalties.