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King Henry the VIII1065--Westminster Abbey is consecrated.

1491--Henry VIII, King of England (1509-1547), is born.

1838--The coronation of Queen Victoria takes place in Westminster Abbey, a year after she had ascended to the throne.

The lucious, ripe tomato...where would be without it? And it's a fruit, not a vegetable.1820--The tomato is proven to be non-poisonous.

1859--The first dog show is held in Newcastle-on-Tyne, England.

1902--Richard Rodgers (composer and half of the team of Rogers & Hammerstien) is born in Hammels Station, New York.

1939--The first transatlantic regular commercial airplane service is undertaken by the Dixie Clipper of Pan American Airways, leaving Port Washington, New York for Marseilles, France.

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

1962--The Beatles perform at the Majestic Ballroom, Birkenhead, Cheshire. This is The Beatles' first engagement for Top Rank, the foremost booking organization in Britain.

Screaming fans1963--The Beatles perform for two houses at Queen's Hall, Leeds, Yorkshire. Appearing with The Beatles is Acker Bilk and His Paramount Jazz Band. Beatlemania is strong this rainy night, with a crowd of 3,200 crammed into Queen's Hall. The promoter has about 20 stewards linking arms around the stage to prevent over-zealous fans from getting on stage with The Beatles. One of the porters is bitten on the arm, and some fans crawl under the stage. The Beatles also evoke screaming from girls in the audience, a phenomenon that is becoming increasingly frequent during Beatles performances.

The Monkees at their press conference in London, England, circa 1967.1965--The Beatles, touring in Italy, perform two shows at the Teatro Adriano, Rome, Italy.

1967--The Monkees arrive in the UK for their concerts at the Empire Pool, Wembley.

1968--The Beatles in the recording studio (Studio Two, EMI Studios, London). Rehearsal and recording (5 takes) of Good Night, John Lennon's lullaby for his five-year-old son, Julian. Ringo Starr sings the lead vocal. One of these recordings is included on The Beatles Anthology 3, but since it had no clear ending, the end of the "White Album" version was tacked onto the track to complete it (Disc one, Track 12).

Elvis Presley Boulevard1971--The city of Memphis renames the 12-mile portion of Bellevue Boulevard that passes Graceland, "Elvis Presley Boulevard."

1973--John Lennon and Yoko Ono take part in a protest demonstration at the South Vietnamese Embassy in Washington, D.C.

1973--It's the British Invasion all over again as The Searchers, Gerry and the Pacemakers, Herman's Hermits, and Wayne Fontana appear in a revival show at New York's Madison Square Garden.

1974--During a break in recording his Walls and Bridges album, John Lennon records a demo version of Goodnight Vienna for Ringo Starr.

Rod Serling and The Twilight Zone are practically synonymous to kids and adults alike.1975--Wings' LP, Venus and Mars, reaches #1 in the UK charts.

1975--David Bowie releases Fame, which goes on to become his first American No. 1 hit. The song was co-written by John Lennon, who also played and sang backing vocals on the single.

1975--Rod Serling, writer and host of The Twilight Zone, dies at age 60.

1984--In the UK, Sidgwick & Jackson publish Ray Coleman’s biography, “John Winston Lennon 1940-1966,” the first volume of a two part account of John’s life. It soon wins critical acclaim for its fair and accurate portrayal of the former Beatle’s early life.

1990--At a concert in Liverpool, Paul McCartney performs the John Lennon songs Strawberry Fields Forever, Help!, and Give Peace a Chance, in public for the first time before 50,000 people.

American Movie Classics features blocks of rock and roll movies in its schedule on an ongoing basis.1996--Walter Shenson announces that The Beatles' movies "A Hard Day's Night" and "Help!" have been restored and will be the featured films during a week-long "Film Preservation Festival" sponsored by the US cable television network “American Movie Classics.” Shenson also announces that he has rejected an offer to sell the rights to "A Hard Day's Night" to allow it to be colorized.

1997--George Harrison has an operation to remove a growth from his neck. The tumor proves to be benign.

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