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The London Tower Bridge1834--US Congress creates Indian Territory (which is, today, the state of Oklahoma).

1894--London's Tower Bridge across the Thames River is officially opened.

1914--Mahatma Gandhi is arrested, campaigning for Indian rights in South Africa. It is his first arrest for civil disobedience.

1930--The first radio message is transmitted around the world by relay from New York to Holland, then to Java and then back to New York. The broadcast takes an eighth of a second.
The amazing and wonderful transistor radio of the late 1950s and early 1960s. Many a Beatle song blasted out of one of these powerful little babies!
1948--Bell Laboratories unveils the first transistor, revolutionizing electronic devices and ending the need for bulky, inefficient vacuum tubes. It will be a big help to the soon-to-be rock and roll craze, allowing kids to have small portable radios independent of the family set.

1956--Roll Over Beethoven by Chuck Berry peaks at #29 on the pop singles chart.

The Silver Beetles at an audition. Note that Stu Sutcliffe (left) has his back to the men who were auditioning the group; he hadn't yet learned to play the bass guitar well enough to be an asset to the group.1960--The Silver Beetles perform at the Neston Institute, Wirral.

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

1962--The Beatles perform at the Heswall Jazz Club, Barnston Women's Institute, Heswall, Wirral.

1963--The Beatles perform at the ABC Cinema, Great Yarmouth, Norfolk. The Beatles' song list this night is Some Other Guy, Thank You Girl, Do You Want to Know a Secret, Misery, A Taste of Honey, I Saw Her Standing There, Love Me Do, From Me to You, Baby It's You, Please Please Me, and Twist and Shout.

1964--The Beatles perform two shows at Festival Hall, Brisbane, Australia. These are the final performances of their world tour and the last time they will ever perform in Australia. During the later stages of the Australian tour, John Lennon is repeatedly seen in the company of a Japanese girl with whom he established a brief, but intense relationship. [It was also rumored that the girl was a blonde, or perhaps a redhead, who traveled to several cities with John and The Beatles.]

1965--The Beatles perform one show at the Palais des Expositions, Nice, France.

The Beatles performing at Budokan Hall, Tokyo, Japan, in their dark suits.1966--The Beatles perform a concert at the Nippon Budokan Hall, Tokyo, Japan. This performance is filmed, The Beatles wearing dark suits. The following day's first performance will also be filmed and for this one The Beatles are wearing light suits. The strict police presence casts a pall on the Japanese concerts, with 3,000 police observing each concert played in front of 10,000 fans. Two songs from this performance were released on The Beatles Anthology 2: Rock and Roll Music and She's a Woman (Disc one, Track 24-25).

1967--The first concert of The Monkees at the Empire Pool, Wembley, is presented by NEMS Enterprises.

1971--The Fillmore in San Francisco closes.

1973--George Harrison's single, Give Me Love (Give Me Peace On Earth) reaches #1 in the US charts.

1983--The Everly Brothers announce that they have settled their differences and will reunite for a concert at London's Royal Albert Hall in September. The duo had split up in 1973.

A 25-year-old rivalry continues as the surviving Beatles sue Dave Clark (of the Dave Clark Five)...geeezzz!1984--Canada's liberal Prime Minister, Pierre Trudeau, resigns after 16 years in office.

1989 The surviving Beatles sue for an injunction against Dave Clark, formerly of The Dave Clark Five, banning him from selling copies of the old “Ready Steady Go!” TV show featuring The Beatles. The case is later settled out of court in Clark’s favor.

1990--East and West Germany merge their economies, with the East adopting the Deutschemark as its currency.

1992--US release of The Beatles’ CD box set, Beatles UK EP Set on CD (Capitol / Parlophone / Apple). Includes all original Beatles EPs released in the UK, plus a bonus CD with stereo versions of the songs The Inner Light, Baby You're A Rich Man, She's A Woman, and This Boy.

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