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Jan Berry (left), one half of the 60s surf music duo, Jan and Dean. His partner (right) is Dean Torrance.1941--Jan Berry, vocalist with pop duo Jan and Dean, is born in Los Angeles, California.

1956--Elvis Presley makes the first of two appearances on "The Milton Berle Show," Presley sings Heartbreak Hotel, Money Honey and Blue Suede Shoes and earns $5,000. It's estimated one out of every four Americans sees his performance.

1960--The Everly Brothers, later named by The Beatles and Rolling Stone Keith Richards as prime influences, make their British concert debut, kicking off their first UK tour.

1960--Elvis Presley goes into the studio for the first time since leaving the Army.

1964--Bob Dylan makes his first entry into the UK pop chart with The Times They Are A-Changin'.

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

1963--The Beatles, at the Playhouse Theatre in London, record another radio appearance, this time for the BBC show "Easy Beat," their first appearance on this program. They record three songs, Please Please Me, Misery, and From Me to You. In addition to performing those three songs, John Lennon and Paul McCartney take part in a program segment called "Going Up?" reviewing new record releases along with two other panel members; they review new singles by Bert Weedon, Cleo Laine, The Vernons Girls, and Tommy Roe. John and Paul are each paid one guinea for their participation.

The Beatles using their unique brand of wit and humor in a promotional spot for their upcoming film, A Hard Day's Night.1964--Filming for "A Hard Day's Night" (still officially untitled) at, Twickenham Studios. The Beatles film a bizarre promotional trailer for the upcoming film. John Lennon and George Harrison sit in a baby carriage, with their legs hanging over the edge, while nearby Ringo Starr and Paul McCartney sit the same way in a second baby carriage. John types away at a portable typewriter that's in his lap, as Paul talks and George mumbles. Twice Ringo answers a ringing telephone, saying, "It's for you, John." Both times Lennon responds, "Don't be soft!" A rather cryptic promotional idea, and yet this dry, witty style of humor would soon come to be how the world would forever think of The Beatles.

1964--The Beatles film an appearance on Tyne Tees Television, answering questions sent in by their fans. The stiff question-and-answer format is not entirely satisfying. Broadcast on April 9.

The Beatles pose in their Sgt. Pepper uniforms, circa 1967.1967--The Beatles in the recording studio (Studio One, EMI Studios, London). Completion of Within You Without You, with George Harrison the only Beatle in the studio. Eight violinists and three cellists come into the studio to record a George Martin arrangement to augment the track. George records his lead vocal, a sitar part, and some acoustic guitar bits. The Beatles Anthology 2 includes an instrumental version of Within You Without You that essentially omits the vocal track, but contains the full instrumentation heard on the "Sgt. Pepper" version (Disc two, Track 11).

1969--John Lennon and Yoko Ono appear on Thames TV's "The Eamonn Andrews Show." The show is broadcast live from the Café Royal Restaurant. John and Yoko participate in an interview and general discussion. Other guests on the program are Jack Benny, Rolf Harris, Yehudi Menuhin, and Gaynor Jones.

John Lennon and his lawyer enter the court house to deal with Lennon's on-going battle with US Immigration to stay in the US.1973--At a press conference in New York City, John Lennon and Yoko Ono discuss their appeal, filed this day, to the March 23 decision by the US Immigration Service to deport John. Journalists also ask John about his separation from Allen Klein. “We separated ourselves from him,” John replies. “Why?” ask the reporter. “Why do you think?” John snaps. “We will go into that next time.” The conference ends abruptly and the Lennons head to the airport where they board a plane for Los Angeles.

1974--Sessions once again take place for the Harry Nilsson album Pussy Cats, being produced by John Lennon. (The sessions continue on April 4, 6, 8, 10 and 11.)

1984--Liverpool's first statue of The Beatles is unveiled above the doorway of The Beatles Shop on Mathew Street. The creator of the statue is David Hughes, a student of the Liverpool College of Art, the same art school that John Lennon attended.

1987--UK re-release of John Lennon / Yoko Ono CD Milk and Honey (Polydor). No change in the track listing.

Paul McCartney's first-born daughter, Mary McCartney. She is the baby he is holding on the cover of his first solo LP, McCartney.1989--UK re-release of Beatles singles on three-inch CDs: I Feel Fine / She's a Woman, Help! / I'm Down, Ticket to Ride / Yes It Is, and A Hard Day's Night / Things We Said Today (EMI).

1991--US telecast of Paul McCartney's "Unplugged" appearance on MTV.

1992--Ringo Starr appears as guest presenter at the annual Grammy Awards show in the US.

1999--Paul McCartney becomes a grandfather, when his daughter, Mary, gives birth to a baby boy.

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