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The bikini in glamorous pinup girl art.1818--The last of the Maratha Wars between the British and the Maratha Confederacy in India ended, securing British supremacy in India.

1865--George V, King of England (1910-1936), is born.

1926--Allen Ginsberg, one of the major "Beat" poets, is born.

1938--The German Reich votes to confiscate so-called "degenerate art."

1946--The first bikini bathing suit goes on sale in Paris, France.

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

1963--The Beatles, touring with Roy Orbison, perform at the Granada Cinema in Woolwich, London.

The Beatles in Denmark with replacement drummer, Jimmy Nicol (top left). 1964--The Beatles in the studio (Studio Two, EMI Studios, London). During a Beatles photo shoot with photographer John Launois, for the US magazine, Saturday Evening Post, Ringo Starr collapses, suffering from tonsillitis and pharyngitis, and he is hospitalized. Since The Beatles are scheduled to leave on a world tour the very next morning, it is too late to cancel their plans. Brian Epstein and George Martin arrange for a temporary drummer to take Ringo's place for the first part of the tour, and the drummer selected is Jimmy Nicol (someone who they knew to be talented, but who was unknown enough not to be mistaken as a permanent replacement for Ringo). On the spur of a last-minute phone call from George Martin, Nicol rushes over to EMI Studios, where he and The Beatles run through six songs from their tour repertoire in a quick rehearsal (I Want to Hold Your Hand, She Loves You, I Saw Her Standing There, This Boy, Can't Buy Me Love, and Long Tall Sally). Just 27 hours later, drummer Jimmy Nicol was performing live with The Beatles in Copenhagen, Denmark. When Nicol left the studio to make preparations for the last-minute departure, John Lennon, Paul McCartney, and George Harrison stayed behind to do some recording. They each record demo versions of new songs. George records You'll Know What to Do (the song was never otherwise recorded), and Paul records a song he wanted to give to Cilla Black, It's For You. John tapes a demo of No Reply, for Tommy Quickly, but Quickly's recording of it was never released; the song would be recorded later by The Beatles and appear on the Beatles For Sale LP. Late in the evening, John, Paul, and George work on overdubs for Any Time At All and Things We Said Today. The Beatles Anthology 1 includes George's You Know What to Do (note the difference in the title) and John's demo of No Reply (Disc 2, Tracks 19-20).

1966--The Beatles in the recording studio (Studio Two, EMI Studios, London). Completion of I Want to Tell You.

1968--Pop artist, Andy Warhol, is shot and critically wounded in his New York film studio, known as The Factory, by Valerie Solanas, an actress and self-styled militant feminist.

1971--John Lennon and Yoko Ono jet to New York in search of Tony and Melinda Cox, though they spend their first afternoon shopping in Greenwich Village.

1973--John Lennon and Yoko Ono attend the International Feminist Planning Conference at Harvard University, near Boston. During the day, they are interviewed about feminism by journalist Danny Schechter. Lennon explains his lack of musical activity for the last few months by saying: “I either write songs or I don’t. It’s getting to be work. It’s ruining the music. Every time I strap on a guitar, it’s the same old jazz. I just feel like breathing a bit.”

The Nelson Family, from left to right: Ricky Nelson, Harriet Nelson, Ozzie Nelson, and David Nelson.1975--Ozzie Nelson (father of Ricky Nelson, and the creative genuis behind the TV series, "The Adventures of Ozzie & Harriet") dies at age 69.

Elvis Presley's mansion, Graceland, with a pink Cadillac parked out front.1982--Elvis Presley's Graceland mansion in Memphis, Tennessee, opens as a tourist attraction.

1983--It is announced that this summer Abbey Road Studios will be throwing open its doors to the general public.

1984--World premiere of a 30-minute video compilation, "Milk and Honey," on MTV. It includes Borrowed Time, Grow Old With Me, Nobody Told Me, and I'm Steppin' Out. The show also features interviews with Yoko Ono and Sean Lennon.

1986--In England, Cynthia Lennon is a guest on the ITV afternoon chat show, “Hindsight.”

1999--An art exhibition by Cynthia Lennon and her childhood friend, Phyllis McKenzie, opens at KDK Gallery, at 324 Portobello Road in London. The show runs through June 24.

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