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George Orwell's book, 1984, held the world capitvated...until 1984, when nothing in the book actually happened. That doesn't mean it still couldn't and still won't happen sometime in the future: Big Brother is watching us closer than ever before.1903--Satirist author, George Orwell, is born in England. He wrote the books, “Animal Farm,” and “1984.”

1938--The Federal Minimum Wage Law guarantees workers 40¢ per hour.

Carly Simon1945--Carly Simon is born in New York City. She started her singing career with her sister (The Simon Sisters) in the mid-60s. She was also married to James Taylor from 1972 to 1983. Her father co-founded the publishing house of Simon & Schuster. Carly’s hits include Anticipation (1971), You’re So Vain (1972), Mockingbird (duet with husband Taylor 1974), and Nobody Does It Better (from the James Bond movie “The Spy Who Loved Me” 1977). She won the "Best New Artist" Grammy in 1971.

1949--Billboard magazine renames its Hillbilly Chart the Country & Western Chart.

1951--The first regular commercial color TV transmissions are inaugurated by CBS from New York, despite the fact that color TV sets have yet to go on sale to the public.

1960--The Silver Beetles perform at the Grosvenor Ballroom, Liscard, Wallasey.

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

1962--The Beatles perform a lunchtime show at the Cavern Club. That night they appear at the Plaza Ballroom, St. Helens, Lancashire, receiving a fee of £25. Brian Epstein, wanting The Beatles to put on a good show, tells them that the promotion company controls 16 venues, even though he is aware that 13 of them are exclusively operated for bingo.

Comedian Mike Myers (aka Austin Powers).1963--Comedian-actor Mike Myers is born in Canada. Famous for his "Wayne's World" movies, which spun off from his stint on "Saturday Night Live." Mike's parents were from Liverpool, and he was a big fan of The Beatles, so it was a natural leap for the comic to create the character Austin Powers and play him in three extremely successful films.

1963--The Beatles perform at the Astoria Ballroom, Middlesbrough, Yorkshire.

1964--The Beatles perform two shows at Town Hall in Auckland, New Zealand.

The US version of The Beatles A Hard Day's Night LP.1964--New York radio station WMCA plays the entirety of the Beatles' A Hard Day's Night album 10 days before it's due to be available in stores. The record company rush-released the album the next day.

1965--The Beatles, touring in Italy, perform two shows at the Genoa Sports Palace. The first show has barely 20% of its seats filled.

1965--Brian Epstein begins negotiations to present the next UK tour of The Everly Brothers.

1966--Paperback Writer becomes the #1 single in the US (Billboard).

1966--The Beatles, on a short international tour, travel by rail from Munich to Essen. They perform two shows at the Grugahalle, Essen, Nordrhein-Westfalen, West Germany. The press announces that a Japanese nationalist group has threatened to cut The Beatles' hair during their next visit to Japan, in protest of their performance at the Budokan Hall.

John Lennon, right, with Mick Jagger at the television broadcast of All You Need Is Love on the Our World special.1967--In Studio One, EMI Studios, The Beatles perform All You Need Is Love for the “Our World” worldwide television broadcast, the live performance seen via satellite by 400 million people on five continents. The Beatles sing and play along to a pre-recorded rhythm track to minimize potential foul-ups. But the vocals, bass, lead guitar, drums, and orchestra are performed “live.” The 13-piece orchestra is conducted by former Manfred Mann member, Mike Vickers. Guests in attendance include Mick Jagger, Marianne Faithfull, Keith Richard, Keith Moon, Eric Clapton, Jane Asher, Pattie Harrison, Mike McCartney, Graham Nash, and Beatles biographer Hunter Davies. A wonderful time is had by all. The Beatles are appearing as representatives of the United Kingdom; other countries providing broadcast segments are Denmark, Australia, Austria, Canada, France, Italy, Japan, Mexico, Spain, Sweden, Tunisia, the USA, and West Germany. Several communist countries had agreed to participate, but then pulled out a few days before the broadcast. Countries carrying the broadcast without providing segments for the program are Belgium, Denmark, Ireland, Finland, Luxembourg, Monaco, The Netherlands, Norway, Portugal, Switzerland, and Yugoslavia. In the United States, the program is carried on the NET (National Educational Television) network to its 113 affiliate stations. A print of the historic “Our World” broadcast will later be deposited with the United Nations for posterity, where it remains today.

1967--After the broadcast “Our World” is completed, John Lennon re-records a portion of his lead vocal track for All You Need Is Love.

1968--John Lennon, in Studio Two of EMI Studios, London, does the final mix on Revolution 9, trimming nearly a minute from the master tape in the process. In Studio Three, George Harrison is producing and playing guitar on Jackie Lomax's recording of Harrison's song, Sour Milk Sea. Paul McCartney is en route back to England from the USA.

John Lennon plays his guitar while on his visit to Bermuda in June 1980.1976--UK release of The Beatles’ single, Back in the USSR / Twist and Shout (Parlophone). 2 weeks on the charts; highest position #19.

1977--The Beatles' LP, The Beatles at the Hollywood Bowl is #1 in the UK charts.

1980--In Bermuda, John Lennon invests in a more expensive home-recording machine and begins to tape demos for songs like Serve Yourself, Beautiful Boy, and Watching The Wheels.

1982--UK release of The Beatles interview LP, The Beatle Interviews (Everest). Interviews from 1964 and 1966.

1985--Actor Mark Lindsay is dropped from the role of John Lennon for the NBC-TV movie "John and Yoko: A Love Story," when it is learned that Lindsay's real name is the same as that of Lennon's murderer.

1998--Sean Lennon plays his second English concert, when he appears (supporting Money Mark) at the Ashton in West London.

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