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1921--US Congress sharply curbs immigration, setting a national quota system.

1939--British Prime Minister, Winston Churchill, signs the British-Russian anti-Nazi pact.

1943--In an address to the US Congress, Winston Churchill pledges his country's full support in the war against Japan.

Pete Townsend of The Who was one of the most outrageious characters in British pop-rock history.1945--Pete Townshend is born in Chiswick, England. As guitarist and vocalist with The Who, he enjoyed success with hits such as My Generation (1966), I Can See For Miles (1967), Pinball Wizard (1969), Won't Get Fooled Again (1971) and Who Are You (1978). He went solo, charting with hits Let My Love Open the Door (1980) and Face The Face (1985). He wrote the rock opera album, Tommy, which became a London production and a classic rock movie. Unfortunately, his years in the music business have taken their toll and he now suffers from significant hearing loss.

1956--English skiffle singer Lonnie Donnegan is on “The Perry Como Show.”

The Drifters' Save the Last Dance for Me.1956--Carl Perkins' Blue Suede Shoes peaks at No. 2 on the charts.

1960--The Drifters record Save the Last Dance For Me.

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

1961--The Everly Brothers launch their own record label, Caliope, intending "to discover and develop new talent." Their own recordings will continue to be issued exclusively by Warner Brothers.

1962--The Beatles perform at the Star-Club, Hamburg, West Germany.

1963--The Beatles, on tour with Roy Orbison, perform at the Gaumont Cinema in Hanley. In an indication of the mania to come, three girls are arrested after trying to use a ladder to gain entry to The Beatles' dressing room. The trio are released after The Beatles give them autographs.

The Beatles in the gardens of Chiswick House filming promos for Paperback Writer and Rain.1966--On May 19 and 20 The Beatles film / videotape four song promo films for Paperback Writer and three song promo films for Rain. Two of the Paperback Writer promos are in color, the other two in black and white. Two Rain promos are in color and one in black and white. The color promos are for the US market, where color television broadcasting is being done, but the UK is still restricted to black and white only, and so the black and white films are for UK broadcast. Filming on May 19 is done in the studio (Studio One, EMI Studios, London); on the May 20 they do location filming in the gardens of Chiswick House, Chiswick, London. The director for all of the promo films is Michael Lindsay-Hogg. The two color studio promos videotaped on May 19 are broadcast in the US on "The Ed Sullivan Show" on June 5. The three black and white studio promos are broadcast on "Ready, Steady, Go!" (June 3) and "Goodbye Lucky Stars," the final broadcast of "Thank Your Lucky Stars" (June 25).

1966--After spending the day filming promo video clips for Paperback Writer and Rain, The Beatles (Paul McCartney for sure, the others may or may not have attended) oversee the recording of the French horn solo for Paul's song For No One (played by Alan Civil), in Studio Three at EMI Studios, London.

The Beatles pose with their new album, Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band, at a press party given at Brian Epstein's home in London, England.1967--Brian Epstein leaves Priory Hospital, where he has been admitted for rest, to attend a press reception previewing the release of Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band. Afterwards, Epstein returns to the hospital. This event was documented quite well through photos, one of the photographers being Linda Eastman (who was meeting The Beatles for the first time). CLICK HERE TO SEE A SPECIAL PHOTO ALBUM ABOUT THE SGT. PEPPER LAUNCH PARTY.

1967--The USSR ratifies a treaty with England and the US banning nuclear weapons in space.

1968--A psychedelically-influenced John Lennon calls a meeting at Apple to announce to the other Beatles and their close associates that he is Christ returned to Earth. This realization had hit him the night before, while tripping on LSD with his friend, Pete Shotton. John and Pete also go to a restaurant where when asked how he is by a waiter, John replies, “Actually, I’m Jesus Christ, thank you.” Luckily the other Beatles didn’t have to contend with this for long, for the next day John was to find an obsession that would turn out to be the biggest and longest lasting one of his life: Yoko Ono. (For a time, Yoko would encourage John’s “Christ Complex,” which led to his “longhair-beard” period and their worldwide peace campaigns.)

1968--A housewarming party is thrown by Harold Pinter, 7 Hanover Terrace, London, with all four Beatles in attendance.

1969--The Beatles receive the Ivor Novello award for Britain's top-selling single of 1968, Hey Jude.

Picture sleeve for The Beatles' single, Get Back and Don't Let Me Down.1969--The Beatles' single, Get Back, is awarded a gold record for sales over one million; within a week it hits No. 1 in the US.

1969--The three main Northern Songs share owners and ATV sign an agreement. John Lennon and Paul McCartney lose control over the company.

1973--The Beatles compilation LP, The Beatles 1967-1970, reaches #1 in the UK charts.

1979--At a party celebrating Eric Clapton's marriage to Pattie Boyd Harrison, George Harrison, Paul McCartney, and Ringo Starr stage an impromptu concert. They play a number of old rock and roll hits and Beatles tunes. Other musicians joining in are Mick Jagger, Denny Laine, Eric Clapton, Lonnie Donegan, and Ginger Baker. Beatles reunion rumors flare up around the world in response.

Ringo Starr and his second wife, Barbara Bach.1980--Ringo Starr and Barbara Bach are involved in a car accident in South London, but neither is seriously injured.

1986--MTV begins airing a 10-part, twice-weekly series entitled “In My Life: The John Lennon File.” On this day, Yoko Ono conducts a press conference in Montreal, Canada.

1998--Rhino Home Video in America releases a five-video box set comprising John Lennon and Yoko Ono’s five-show appearance as co-hosts on “The Mike Douglas Show.” The shows were originally aired between Monday, February 14 and Friday, February 18, 1972. Accompanying the set is a hardbound 48-page, specially-numbered book, featuring a visual record of the five shows, captured by resident photographer, Michael Leshnov. “John and Yoko were on the right track, they were just way ahead of their time,” comments Mike Douglas at the time of the video release.

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