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The Beatles at the Cavern Club in Liverpool, England. Left to right: George Harrison, John Lennon, Paul McCartney (lying down) and Pete Best.1595--Johannes Kepler inscribes geometric solid construction of the universe.

1808--The leather-splitting machine is patented by Samuel Parker of Billerica, Maine.

1819--Elias Howe, inventor of the sewing machine, is born in Spencer, Massachusetts.

1916--British Prime Minister, Sir Edward Heath, is born.

Nancy Sinatra and Lee Hazlewood1929--Pop genius, Lee Hazlewood, who scored his biggest success writing tunes like These Boots Are Made for Walking for Nancy Sinatra, is born in Mannford, Oklahoma.

1946--Mitch Mitchell, drummer for the Jimi Hendrix Experience, is born.

1947--The engagement of Britain's Princess Elizabeth to Lt. Philip Mountbatten is announced.

1955--Bill Haley's Rock Around the Clock goes to No. 1 off the success of the film “The Blackboard Jungle.” The first rock 'n' roll No. 1 stays at the top of the chart for 8 weeks.

Tom Hanks' mid-60s inspired film, That Thing You Do!1956--”Bandstand,” hosted by Dick Clark, debuts on Philadelphia TV station, WFIL Channel 6. It will later become "American Bandstand" and be distributed on the ABC-TV network on August 5, 1957. Almost all of the rock ‘n’ roll era's major artists will find their way onto Clark's long-running show.

1956--Tom Hanks is born in Concord, California. After winning two Oscars as Best Actor, he would go on to write, direct and star in the movie "That Thing You Do!" undoubtedly the best tribute film ever made about the British Invasion of 1964.

1957--Elvis Presley's second film, “Loving You,” premieres.

1960--The Silver Beatles perform at the Grosvenor Ballroom, Liscard, Wallasey. Along with the change in their name, they hire a new drummer, Norman Chapman. His first performance with The Silver Beatles was either this performance or the following week.

1962--The Beatles perform at the Plaza Ballroom, St. Helens.

Bob Dylan on the streets of NYC.1962--Bob Dylan performs at the second recording session for what will become The Freewheelin' Bob Dylan LP.

1963--The Beatles perform two shows at the Winter Gardens, Margate, Kent.

1964--While Brian Epstein is away, thieves break into the NEMS offices in Argyll Street, London, and steal £130 from a safe and miscellaneous items valued at £70.

The Beatles during the making of the Paperback Writer video.1964--The Animals’ House of the Rising Sun is No. 1 on the UK singles chart.

1966--The Beatles’ single, Paperback Writer, regains the No. 1 single position in the US, for its second week at No. 1.

1968--The Beatles in the recording studio (Studio Three, EMI Studios, London). Paul McCartney, still unsatisfied with Ob-La-Di Ob-La-Da, starts a second re-make of the song. After two takes, he realizes that the previous day's work will not be improved upon. But a new set of vocals are recorded, plus handclaps and vocal percussion. The remainder of the recording session is spent in rehearsals for the faster version of Revolution, which will appear on the flip side of the Hey Jude single. Paul and George Harrison thought "Revolution 1" was not upbeat enough for a Beatles single, so John made the song faster and louder, and everyone was more than happy with the tremendous recording that resulted.

1969--The Beatles in the recording studio (Studio Two, EMI Studios, London). Recording Maxwell's Silver Hammer (21 takes and guitar overdubs). John Lennon comes into the studio for the first time since his auto accident. A bed is installed in the Abbey Road studio for Yoko Ono, who is pregnant, and who had been more seriously injured in the auto accident than was John. Yoko even has a microphone hanging over the bed, just in case she wants to contribute to The Beatles recordings. The presence of Yoko in bed in the studio leads to a lot of sniggering among studio personnel. To further complicate matters, both John and Yoko have resumed their regular use of heroin. Take 5 of Maxwell's Silver Hammer is included on The Beatles Anthology 3 (Disc two, Track 15).

Jim Morrison's grave in Paris, France.1971--Jim Morrison is quietly buried in Pere-Lachaise cemetery in Paris, France.
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1972--Wings opens its “Wings Over Europe” tour with a performance at the Theatre Antique, Chateauvallon, France. It is Paul McCartney's first live performance since the breakup of The Beatles.

1977--With rock stardom beckoning, a young Declan McManus, aka Elvis Costello, quits his job as a computer programmer.

1982--Margaret Thatcher begins her second term as British Prime Minster.

1984--UK re-release of The Beatles’ single, A Hard Day's Night / Things We Said Today (Parlophone). 20th anniversary reissue. Issued as a regular single and as a picture disc.

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