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The American flag of stars and stripes.1775--The United States Army is founded by the Continental Congress.

1777--Congress adopts the "Stars and Stripes" as the official flag of the United States of America.

1801--Benedict Arnold, the American general who shifted his allegiance to the British during the American Revolution, dies in London.

1949--Alan White, who drummed with John Lennon's Plastic Ono Band and the progressive rock group, Yes, is born in Britain.

The UNIVAC computer1951--The UNIVAC electronic digital computer goes into operation. The dimensions of the computer are 8 feet high, 7.5 feet wide, and 14.5 feet long.

1961--The Beatles perform at the Top Ten Club, Reeperbahn, Hamburg, West Germany.

1963--The Beatles perform at the Tower Ballroom, New Brighton, Wallasey. Another Brian Epstein "Mersey Beat Showcase," and the last time The Beatles will perform here. Their appearance is sensational.

1964--Ringo Starr, flying in from Sydney, rejoins The Beatles in Melbourne, Australia. The Beatles give a five-Beatle press conference, with temporary drummer, Jimmy Nicol, sharing the spotlight for the last time with John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison, and the now-recuperated Ringo. Nicol's job of filling in for Ringo until he was well enough to join The Beatles on tour is done, and he departs for England.

A Beatles fan magazine, circa 1964.1964--In England, a tea chest addressed to The Beatles is opened, and twelve-year-old Beatlemaniac, Carol Dryden, is discovered inside.

1965--US release of The Beatles’ LP, Beatles VI (Capitol). Songs: Kansas City, Eight Days a Week, You Like Me Too Much, Bad Boy, I Don't Want to Spoil the Party, Words of Love, What You're Doing, Yes It Is, Dizzy Miss Lizzie, Tell Me What You See, and Every Little Thing. 41 weeks on Billboard chart; highest position #1.

1965--The Beatles in the recording studio (Studio Two, EMI Studios, London). Recording I've Just Seen a Face (six takes) and I'm Down (seven takes). During the session, Paul McCartney makes mention several times of a term he heard black musicians apply to Mick Jagger, "plastic soul." Then John Lennon and Ringo Starr leave the studio. George Harrison remains, as Paul begins recording his song Yesterday. Take 1 of I'm Down is included on The Beatles Anthology 2 (Disc two, Track 3). It also includes Take 1 of Yesterday, which lacks the string arrangement (Disc one, Track 7).
Picture sleeve for Bob Dylan's Like a Rolling Stone.
1965--It is announced that plans to film “A Talent For Loving” as the third Beatles film have been dropped.

1965--Bob Dylan records Like A Rolling Stone at Columbia Studio A in New York City. It's Dylan's first electric recording and it will climb the charts to #2.

1966--The Beatles in the recording studio (Studio Two, EMI Studios, London). Recording Here, There and Everywhere. Getting down the basic track and initial vocal overdubs.

1967--The Beatles in the recording studio (Olympic Sound Studios, London). Recording a rhythm track for the song they will perform for the “Our World” worldwide satellite-linked television broadcast, All You Need Is Love. The Beatles record 33 takes of the basic track and some vocals. George Martin produces, and Eddie Kramer is the balance engineer. John Lennon plays harpsichord, Paul McCartney plays double-bass, and George Harrison tries his hand at violin ( Ringo Starr stuck to the necessary drums). From the very beginning, the start of the French national anthem, La Marseillaise, is used to kick off the song, partly to emphasize the theme of international brotherhood.

Poster for the British cult film To Sir With Love.1967--“To Sir With Love,” starring Sidney Poitier and Lulu, premieres in the US.

1969--John Lennon and Yoko Ono tape an interview for US television, for "The David Frost Show." The interview is recorded in England and will be broadcast on July 10.

1969--The Beatles' single, Get Back, is #1 in the US charts for the fourth straight week.

The Hard Rock Cafe in London, England, was the first of many to come around the world.1970--Derek and the Dominoes make their live concert debut in Britain.

1971--The first Hard Rock Cafe opens in London.

1974--During a Walls and Bridges planning session at the Record Plant Studios in New York, Al Coury, Capitol Record’s head of promotions in California, informs John Lennon that he has retrieved Phil Spector’s Rock ‘n’ Roll album tapes. Capitol had handed over $90,000 to Spector in order to get them back.

1976--Six years after their breakup, The Beatles garner yet another gold album with their Rock 'n' Roll Music LP.

1988--Chuck Berry is hit with a five-million-dollar lawsuit by a woman who claims he hit her in the mouth the previous December.

1996--Beatles producer, George Martin, is awarded a knighthood.

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