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The American nickel with the image of Thomas Jefferson on the "heads" side.1838--The British steamship “Sirius” becomes the first to cross the Atlantic Ocean from Britain to New York on steam power only. The journey from Cork to New York took 18 days, 10 hours.

1864--The US mints a 2¢ coin, with the first appearance of "In God We Trust" on American money.

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

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

Ringo Starr in The Beatles first feature film, A Hard Day's Night.1964--Additional filming for "A Hard Day's Night." The Beatles are filmed running down the iron staircase at the rear of the Hammersmith Odeon, the beginning of the "We're out!" segment, in which The Beatles run, jump, and have a lark to the song Can't Buy Me Love. Then they film additional "police chase" footage. After that, Ringo Starr films additional scenes for his solo sequence: stopping to photograph milk bottles, being chased by two girl fans, running into a second-hand shop and emerging in disguise, and being watched by a policeman as he strolls along. Paul McCartney is filmed making his way to the "TV Rehearsal Room" for his solo sequence, but the footage is later scrapped along with that sequence.

1964--In England, the Daily Mirror reports that the president of the National Federation of Hairdressers has offered to give a free haircut to the next band to hit No. 1. He's particularly outraged by The Rolling Stones. "One of them looks as if he's got a feather duster on his head," he said.

George Harrison and John Lennon joke around during a photo session in 1965.1965--More filming for the movie "Help!" at Twickenham Film Studios. Filming of the opening sequence where Clang throws darts at a black-and-white film of The Beatles performing the song Help! (This film of The Beatles performing Help! was released to commercial television to promote the song when it was released as a single. This version, without Clang and his darts, becomes known as the "dartless" version.) The Beatles also film a long scene with actor Frankie Howerd (as the character Sam Ahab) and actress Wendy Richard (as Lady Macbeth), but this scene is omitted from the finished print of "Help!"

1966--The Beatles in the recording studio (Studio Two, EMI Studios, London). A nine-hour session at Abbey Road, recording various overdubs. For Taxman, overdubbing of the "Mister Wilson, Mister Heath" refrain and a cowbell part. A sitar part and vocals are overdubbed onto Tomorrow Never Knows (which is still titled "Mark I" at this point).

1966--Brian Epstein Automobiles Limited changes name to Brydor Cars Limited.

1969--In a formal ceremony atop Apple headquarters on Savile Row, John Winston Lennon legally changes his middle name to "Ono," although British law requires that "Winston" must be retained as part of his legal name. Commissioner of Oaths, Bueno de Mesquita, conducts the proceedings. John said: “Yoko changed her name for me, I’ve changed mine for her. One for both, both for each other. She has a ring, I have a ring. It gives us nine o’s between us, which is good luck. Ten would not be good luck.”

1969--John Lennon and Yoko Ono in Studio Two, EMI Studios, London. The couple spends five hours in the studio today. First, John and Yoko record their heartbeats. They also record the track John and Yoko (John repeating "Yoko" and Yoko repeating "John" for 22 minutes), which will be included on their 3rd LP, The Wedding Album.

Earth Day is celebrated every year on April 22nd.1970--The first Earth Day is held internationally to promote conservation of the planet’s natural resources.

1971--John Lennon and Yoko Ono fly from Madrid to Palma airport in Spain on their private jet. They tell the waiting journalists their journey is for business and a rest.

The Vox Continental organ was used by many keyboard players during the British Invasion period. Alan Price played one with The Animals.1972--John Lennon addresses the National Peace Rally in New York, calling for an end to the war in Viet Nam.

1994--Former US president Richard Nixon dies at age 81. He was the 37th President of the United States from 1969 until his resignation in 1974 amid the Watergate scandal.

1999--At the Bonhams rock and pop auction in London, John Lennon’s Vox stage organ, used during The Beatles’ performance of I’m Down at Shea Stadium in 1965, is sold for £19,500 ($27,300).

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