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1835--The first edition of the New York Herald is published (the price is 1¢).

1840--The first adhesive postage stamps, the Penny Black and the Twopenny Blue, go on sale in Britain.

Henry David Thoreau: Simplify, simplify.1851--Dr. John Gorrie patents a "refrigeration machine."

1856--Sigmund Freud, father of psycho-analysis, is born.

1889--The Eiffel Tower, one of the most famous tourist attractions in the world, is inaugurated at the Universal Exhibition in Paris, France.

1862--Henry David Thoreau dies at age 44.

1910--Britain's King Edward VII dies, and King George V ascends to British throne.

1919--Lyman Frank Baum, author of "The Wizard of Oz," dies at age 62.

A poster for the movie, The Grapes of Wrath, based on the novel of the same name by John Steinbeck. It tells the horrendous tale of victims of the great Dust Bowl.1940--The Pulitzer Prize is awarded to John Steinbeck for his book, “The Grapes of Wrath.”

1941--Joseph Stalin becomes the Premier of Russia.

1953--Tony Blair, British Prime Minister, is born.

1957--Chuck Berry records Rock and Roll Music.

1957--The last episode of "I Love Lucy" is broadcast on CBS-TV.
Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz, stars of what may be the most popular sitcom of all-time, I Love Lucy.
1957--The Pulitzer Prize is awarded to John F. Kennedy for “Profiles in Courage.”

1958--No. 1 Billboard Pop Hit: All I Have to Do Is Dream by The Everly Brothers.

1960--Princess Margaret marries Antony Armstrong-Jones, a commoner, whom the Queen ennobled as Lord Snowden. They divorced later, but he remained a friend of the family and acted as the royal photographer.

1960--President Eisenhower signs the Civil Rights Act of 1960.

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

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

1962--The first Beatles Fan Club is formed in Liverpool.

John Lennon backstage during the Beatles US tour in the summer of 1966.1965--A bootlegged copy of The Beatles on the BBC's "Big Night Out" finds it's way to a TV station in Cleveland, Ohio. No one knows how it got there.

1966--The Beatles in the recording studio (Studio Two, EMI Studios, London). Recording vocal overdubs for I'm Only Sleeping, then a reduction mix-down to create vacant tracks for more overdubs.

1969--The Beatles in the recording studio (Olympic Sound Studios, London). The first recordings for the loose "medley" of songs that comprise side two of the album Abbey Road. The Beatles record 36 takes of You Never Give Me Your Money, a song inspired by The Beatles' / Apple's financial difficulties. After the basic track is perfected, overdubs are recorded.

The cover of The Beatles' album, Live at the Hollywood Bowl.1977--Release of The Beatles’ LP, The Beatles at the Hollywood Bowl in the US (Capitol) and the UK (Parlophone). Songs: Twist and Shout, She's A Woman, Dizzy Miss Lizzie, Ticket to Ride, Can't Buy Me Love, Things We Said Today*, Roll Over Beethoven*, Boys*, A Hard Day's Night, Help!, All My Loving*, She Loves You*, and Long Tall Sally*. (Recorded live at the Hollywood Bowl August 23, 1964* and August 30, 1965. Highest chart position in the US is #2; highest chart position in the UK is #1. For over a decade these recordings had languished in the Capitol Records vaults, having been determined by all concerned at the time that they were useless. When Capitol contacted George Martin about the tapes, and he realized that he could clean them up, he contacted all the former Beatles for their approval. He says: “I rang up John Lennon and told him about the recordings. I told him I was very enthusiastic, because I felt the album would be a piece of history which should be preserved. I said to him, ‘I want you to hear it after I’m done. You can be as rude as you like, but if you don’t like it, give me a yell.’ I spoke to him the following day, and he was delighted with it.”

John Lennon's half-sister, Julia Baird.1983--Mike Oldfield’s, Moonlight Shadow, another tribute to John Lennon, is released.

1985--People magazine features an article about John Lennon's half-sister Julia Dykins Baird. Mention is made about two other half-sisters of Lennon's: Jacqueline Gertrude Dykins and Victoria Elizabeth Lennon (whose father is unidentified; she was given up for adoption shortly after her birth).
Cover of the Ringo Starr LP, Ringo.
1991--US re-release of the Ringo Starr album, Ringo, on CD (Capitol). Includes bonus tracks Down and Out, It Don't Come Easy, and Early 1970.

1994--The Channel Tunnel opens, linking Britain and France for the first time since the Ice Age.

1998--George Harrison testifies in an English court in another attempt by The Beatles to prevent a new release of the “Star-Club tapes.” Harrison calls the recording the "crummiest" ever in the group's career, referring to the performance as "a lot of teen-agers getting drunk and playing rock and roll." The man who made the recording of The Beatles on December 31, 1962, Ed “King-Size” Taylor, had previously testified that John Lennon had given him permission to make the recording. In rebuttal, The Beatles' lawyer points out that The Beatles were contracted to EMI at the time, and Harrison remarks: "One drunken person recording another bunch of drunks does not constitute business deals. The only person who allegedly heard anything about it is the one person who is dead, who can't actually come here and say it's a load of rubbish." When asked if JohGeorge Harrison testifies in court about the controversial Beatles Star-Club tapes. As usual, George's comments are laced with his laconic wit and dry humor.n Lennon was the undisputed leader of The Beatles, George said: “We had a democratic thing going between us. Everyone had to agree with everything that was done, whether it was a concert in Liverpool or to go to Hamburg.” He goes on to say that John turned to him for musical advice: “He had a little guitar with three strings tuned like a banjo. I had to show him the chords. When I first met him, I was very young, but so was he. He was 17 and I was maybe 14 or 15. But by the time we were in Hamburg, I’d grown up a lot, and I could certainly hold my own against him. He was the loudest, the noisiest, and the oldest. He could be wrong about something, but try and win the argument just by being loud.” When asked what he remembered about the Star-Club, he says: “It was a really rough place and the waiters used to let off tear-gas to get rid of the sailors if a fight started. I kept well out of it. But there were also some quite nice people who went to the club. They weren’t all gangsters and transvestites...there were teenagers and art students. But by 2:00 a.m. on Saturday night, it was hell!”

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