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British actor, Malcolm McDowell1912--The US government adopts the rule that establishes an 8-hour work day.

1917--During World War I, King George V orders the British royal family to dispense with German titles and surnames. The family takes the name "Windsor."

1934--The Federal Communications Commission is created.

1943--Actor Malcolm McDowell is born in England. He starred in the 1960s cult movie, "A Clockwork Orange," and director Lindsay Anderson's film trilogy, "If...." "O Lucky Man," and "Britania Hospital."

1952--The game show, "I've Got A Secret," debuts on CBS-TV.

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

1962--The Beatles perform at the Cavern Club at lunchtime and then again at night.

The Beatles during on of their performances for BBC radio in 1963. Left to right: George Harrison, Paul McCartney and John Lennon.1963--The Beatles, at London's Playhouse Theatre, record a radio appearance for the BBC program "Easy Beat," taped before a screaming audience. The Beatles perform Some Other Guy, A Taste of Honey, Thank You Girl, and From Me to You. Broadcast on June 23. This performance / recording session is the first time that Ringo Starr uses his new Ludwig drum kit. The recordings of Some Other Guy and Thank You Girl are included on the 1994 Beatles double-CD, Live at the BBC (Disc one, Tracks 11-12). Photographer Dezo Hoffman was at this show.

1964--UK release of The Beatles’ EP, Long Tall Sally (Parlophone). Songs: Long Tall Sally, I Call Your Name, Slow Down, and Matchbox. Highest chart position: #1.

1964--UK release of the LP, The Beatles First (Polydor). Songs: Ain't She Sweet, Cry for a Shadow, My Bonnie, Take Out Some Insurance on Me Baby, Sweet Georgia Brown, Nobody's Chil, "Why, The Saints, and some non-Beatles material.

1964--The Beatles perform two shows at Sydney Stadium, Sydney, Australia. Two performances at the Stadium, Rushcutter's Bay, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia.

1964--During an education debate in the House of Commons, Tory MP Charles Curran, a conservative member of Britain's parliament, cites John Lennon's book, "In His Own Write," as proof of the poor education that Liverpool students are receiving. He states that John Lennon "has a feeling for words and story-telling, but he is in a state of pathetic near-illiteracy." Clearly, the joke was on them.

Paul McCartney in an uncomfortable interview where he is questioned about his use of LSD.1964--The Civil Rights Act of 1964 is approved after surviving an 83-day Senate filibuster.

1967--Paul McCartney is interviewed by an ITN reporter about his statement printed in Life magazine that he had taken LSD (the first Beatle to admit to this publicly; John Lennon, George Harrison, and Brian Epstein soon made similar admissions). The McCartney interview is included in this night's ITN bulletin, sparking widespread condemnation.

1967--The Beatles in the recording studio (Studio Three, EMI Studios, London). Work continues on All You Need is Love, with the overdubbing of lead and backing vocals, drums, piano, and banjo.

Delaney and Bonnie on tour...with friends, among them Eric Clapton.1970--UK LP release: Delaney And Bonnie On Tour. George Harrison played with the band on some of the album’s recordings.

1976--Paul McCartney's single, Silly Love Songs, reaches #1 in the UK charts.

1980--Donna Summer becomes the first act to sign with Geffen Records, the new label started by David Geffen. Later in the year, Geffen will be the lucky one to sign John Lennon for his last LP, Double Fantasy, by approaching Yoko Ono, not John.

Ringo Starr and His All-Starr Band1986--George Harrison attends a rally held at Trafalgar Square in London, protesting the deployment of nuclear weapons.

1992--Ringo Starr and His All-Starr Band performance at Radio City Music Hall in New York.

1998--Sean Lennon makes his debut on CBS-TV’s “Late Show With David Letterman,” from the historic Ed Sullivan Theater in New York City.

1998--A medical study is released stating that smoking more than doubles the risk of developing dementia and Alzheimer’s Disease.

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