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An explosion on the moon that occurred in 2005.1178--This the proposed time of origin of lunar crater Giordano Bruno, when five Canterbury monks report seeing an explosion on the Moon (the only such observation recorded in history...until one was sighted in 2005).

1812--The War of 1812 begins as the US declares war against Great Britain.

1872--The Woman's Sufferage Convention is held at Merchantile Liberty Hall.

Paul McCartney, from a photo session with Richard Avedon in 1967.1873--Susan B. Anthony is fined $100 in Rochester, New York, for attempting to vote for President.

1940--In London, Winston Churchill tries to encourage the English public by saying that in a thousand years people would look back at World War II and say, “This was England’s finest hour.”

1942--James Paul McCartney is born at Walton Hospital, Liverpool, England. His parents are then living in Anfield.

1948--The first LP (long-playing 12-inch vinyl plastic record), turning at 33-1/3 rpm, is demonstrated in New York by Peter Goldmark.

1948--The United Nations Commission on Human Rights adopts its “International Declaration of Human Rights.”

1960--The Silver Beetles perform at the Grosvenor Ballroom, Liscard, Wallasey. It is Paul McCartney's 18th birthday.

Bob Wooler1961--The Beatles perform at the Top Ten Club, Reeperbahn, Hamburg, West Germany.

1963--The Beatles drive back to Huyton, Liverpool, for Paul McCartney's 21st birthday celebration, held at the house of Paul's Auntie Gin. John Lennon, who had become quite drunk, becomes enraged when Bob Wooler hints that John and Brian Epstein may have had a homosexual affair during their vacation to Spain. Lennon gives Wooler a severe beating (taking a shovel to him in the garden). Wooler later sued Lennon over the highly-publicized incident, but he dropped the suit when John apologized and paid him damages of £200.

1964--The Beatles perform two shows at Sydney Stadium, Rushcutter's Bay, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia. The group is regularly bombarded with jelly beans by their adoring fans. Says John: “It’s ridiculous. They even throw miniature koala bears and gift wrapped packages while we are going round on the revolving stage. We haven’t a chance to get out of the way.”

The Beatles, circa 1965, during the making of their second feature film, Help!1965--The Beatles tape an interview for the Italian radio program "London Ultima Oro." About to begin a European tour, the band is due to perform in Italy in just a few days. The interview is broadcast on June 23, the day before The Beatles' arrival in Italy.

1965--John Lennon appears live on the BBC television show "Tonight," the last-ever edition of that program. Lennon is interviewed by Kenneth Allsop to promote the publication of his second book "A Spaniard In the Works." John reads extracts from two pieces: "We Must Not Forget the General Erection" and "The Wumberlog (Or The Magic Dog)."

1965--The Dave Clark Five begin a six-week tour of the US with a show at The Academy of Music in New York.

1967--The Beatles' company Apple Music Ltd. is officially formed.

Michelle Phillips and Cass Elliot of The Mamas and The Papas in the audience at the Monterey Pop Festival in 1967.1967--At the Monterey Pop Festival, after an argument between Jimi Hendrix and The Who over who's going to close the festival, Hendrix plays an incendiary set in which he sets his guitar on fire.

1968--"In His Own Write," a play based upon John Lennon's two books ("In His Own Write" and "A Spaniard in the Works"), originally titled “Scene Three, Act One,” opens at London's Old Vic Theatre. The play was adapted from John's writings by John himself, Adrienne Kennedy, and Victor Spinetti (who also directed the stage production). John and Yoko attend the opening night, although they arrive when the play is already underway. Lennon is greeted with shouts of “where’s your wife?” (referring to John’s first wife, Cynthia) from journalists.

1985--John Lennon's posthumous single, Nobody Told Me, receives a BMI award.

1996--John Lennon and Yoko Ono's 1972 Chrysler station wagon, in which they drove across the US in late May 1972, is auctioned at Sotheby's for $20,700 ($4,300 more than the pre-auction estimate).

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