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Where would the world be without the common-but-vital lead pencil?1827--Joseph Dixon begins manufacturing lead pencils.

1884--London’s prison for debtors is closed.

1939--Genius of soul, Marvin Gaye, is born in Washington, D.C.

Leon Russell was one of the most respected singer-songwriter-musicians to come out the 70s rock music boom.1941--Pianist-singer Leon Russell is born in Lawton, Oklahoma.

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

1962--The Beatles perform at the Cavern Club, Liverpool, at lunchtime, and at the Pavilion Theatre, Liverpool, at night. They shared the bill at the Pavilion with The Royal Waterford Showband.

1964--Filming at the Scala Theatre in London for "A Hard Day's Night."

1965--The Beatles continue filming the movie "Help!" at Twickenham Film Studios.

1970--Phil Spector completes final editing and mixing for the Let It Be album, 16 months after the "Get Back" project had begun.

The Beatles Red Album1973--US release of The Beatles compilation double LP The Beatles 1962-1966 (Apple). Songs: Love Me Do, Please Please Me, From Me to You, She Loves You, I Want to Hold Your Hand, All My Loving, Can't Buy Me Love, A Hard Day's Night, And I Love Her, Eight Days a Week, I Feel Fine, Ticket to Ride, Yesterday, Help! You've Got to Hide Your Love Away, We Can Work It Out, Day Tripper, Drive My Car, Norwegian Wood (This Bird Has Flown), Nowhere Man, Michelle, In My Life, Girl, Paperback Writer, Eleanor Rigby, and Yellow Submarine. 105 weeks on Billboard chart; highest position #3.
The Beatles Blue Album
1973--US release of The Beatles compilation double LP The Beatles 1967-1970 (Apple). Songs: Strawberry Fields Forever, Penny Lane, Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band, With a Little Help from My Friends, Lucy In the Sky with Diamonds, A Day in the Life, All You Need Is Love, I Am the Walrus, Hello Goodbye, The Fool on the Hill, Magical Mystery Tour, Lady Madonna, Hey Jude, Revolution, Back in the USSR, While My Guitar Gently Weeps, Ob-La-Di, Ob-La-Da, Get Back, Don't Let Me Down, The Ballad of John and Yoko, Old Brown Shoe, Here Comes the Sun, Come Together, Something, Octopus's Garden, Let It Be, Across the Universe, and The Long and Winding Road. 109 weeks on Billboard chart; highest position #1.

Jack Douglas produced John Lennon's last LP, Double Fantasy.1973--At a press conference in New York City, John Lennon and Yoko Ono discuss their ongoing fight to reverse the deportation order pending against John.

1984--A New York State Supreme Court ruling directs Yoko Ono to pay producer Jack Douglas $2,524,809 (plus three years' interest) for work he did on the Double Fantasy LP. She is also ordered to pay Douglas a percentage of the earnings from the Milk and Honey LP, for work he did on that album.

1987--IBM introduces the PS/2 and OS/2 computer operating systems.

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