how the past
impacts the now.
role The Beatles
played in changing
the modern world.
THE FOLLOWING EVENTS TOOK PLACE ON JUNE 2
1835--P.T. Barnum and his circus begin its first tour of the US.
1896--Guglieimo Marconi's radio is patented, opening a window for popular music.
1924--US citizenship is granted to all American Indians.
1941--Charlie Watts is born in London, England. He has remained the drummer of The Rolling Stones since the beginning of the group. With the bad boys of rock and roll, he has contributed to over forty Top 40 hits, including Satisfaction (1965), Ruby Tuesday (1967) and Honky Tonk Women (1969).
1953--Elizabeth II, the Queen of Great Britain, is crowned in Westminster Abbey to a world-wide television audience.
1953--Elvis Presley graduates from L.C. Humes High School in Memphis, Tennessee.
1959--Allen Ginsberg writes his poem "Lysergic Acid." A decade later, a new generation will listen.
1960--The Silver Beetles perform at The Institute, Neston, Wirral, Cheshire. They are paid £10, and they give their manager Allan Williams a commission of £1. During the performance, a 16-year-old boy is nearly kicked to death.
1961--The Beatles perform at the Top Ten Club, Reeperbahn, Hamburg, West Germany.
1962--The Beatles return from Hamburg to Liverpool.
1963--The Beatles, touring with Roy Orbison, perform at the Hippodrome Theatre in Brighton, Sussex.
1964--The Beatles in the recording studio (Studio Two, EMI Studios, London). They record 11 takes each of John Lennon's songs Any Time At All and When I Get Home. Then came three takes of Paul McCartney's song Things We Said Today. All were recorded for the A Hard Day's Night LP.
1964--Production begins on the film Ferry Cross The Mersey, starring Gerry and the Pacemakers.
1965--George Harrison and Brian Epstein attend the premiere of Richard Lester's movie, "The Knack...and How to Get It," at the London Pavilion.
1966--The Beatles in the recording studio (Studio Two, EMI Studios, London). Recording George Harrison's song, "Laxton's Superb," the working title for I Want to Tell You. The rhythm track is completed in five takes, some overdubs are added, then a reduction mixdown is made to allow for further overdubs during the next recording session. Initially, the song was titled "I Don't Know," because that is what George Harrison answered when George Martin asked him what the title of the song was. Geoff Emerick came up with "Laxton's Superb," which is a type of apple.
1966--Disc magazine publishes the banned "butcher cover" for the upcoming LP release Yesterday and Today.
1967--US release of The Beatles LP, Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band (Capitol). Songs: Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band, With a Little Help from My Friends, Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds, Getting Better, Fixing a Hole, She's Leaving Home, Being for the Benefit of Mr. Kite, Within You Without You, When I'm 64, Lovely Rita, Good Morning Good Morning, Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band (Reprise), and A Day in the Life. 121 weeks on Billboard chart; highest position #1. Just in time to start the Summer of Love!
1967--The Beatles in the recording studio (De Lane Lea Recording Studios, Kingsway, London). George Martin joins The Beatles at the De Lane Lea studio for the first time. A bit of work is done on It's All Too Much, but the session consists mainly of more instrumental jamming. The Beatles also bring bass/contra bass clarinetist Paul Harvey and four trumpeters into the studio to join them in the experimental music-making.
1969--With their Montreal Bed-In completed, John Lennon and Yoko Ono leave the Queen Elizabeth Hotel and fly to Ottawa to attend a university conference on peace. Later that evening they take a flight back to London. [Allen Wiener reports that John and Yoko flew back to London on June 7].
1973--Wings' single, My Love, reaches #1 in the US singles charts (it will hold the #1 position for 4 weeks). Wing's album Red Rose Speedway reaches #1 in the US album charts.
1975--US release of the Ringo Starr single, It's All Down to Goodnight Vienna / Goodnight Vienna (reprise) / Oo-Wee (Apple). 7 weeks on Billboard chart; highest position #31. Issued on the same day as David Bowies Fame single, written with John Lennon and guitarist Earl Slick, it becomes the third Lennon-related No. 1 single in less than a year.
1980--At an auction in Syracuse, New York, dairy farmer, Steve Potter, pays $265,000 for a single Holstein cow owned by the Lennons. Yoko Ono orchestrated the deal.
1999--At the intermission of a concert of symphonic Beatles music in Jerusalem, someone pilfers Fab Four producer and guest conductor George Martin's music. The theft is not discovered until later in the week, when Martin, who didn't have spare copies, threatens to call off a concert in Tel Aviv. Six out of seven of the stolen scores are returned in time for the Tel Aviv concert.
1999--Japanese women finally won the right to use the birth control pill, more than three decades after it first appeared in the West.
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