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TV Guide was a must-have item in American households in the 50s, 60s, and 70s.1903--Gregory Pincus, inventor of the birth control pill, is born.

1932--Carl Perkins, singer and songwriter (Blue Suede Shoes) is born near Tiptonsville, Tennessee. The Beatles record his songs Matchbox, Honey Don't, and Everybody's Trying to Be My Baby. He was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1987.

Sheet music for John Lennon's version of Be Bop A Lula from his Rock 'n' Roll LP.1947--The Atomic Energy Commission is formed.

1953--TV Guide publishes its first issue.

1956--Gene Vincent records Be-Bop-a-Lula.

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

1963--The Beatles are interviewed on the live radio program, the BBC show "Pop Inn." Their about-to-be-released single From Me to You is played during the interview. The program is broadcast live from the BBC Paris Studio in London. From there The Beatles travel to Wembley Studios for a live television appearance.

1963--At Wembley Studios, Wembley, The Beatles appear in a live television broadcast. This is their second appearance on the Associated-Rediffusion program "Tuesday Rendezvous," which is broadcast in London and by some other ITV stations. The Beatles do lip-sync performances of From Me to You and about 50 seconds of Please Please Me (during the closing credits).

The Beatles in a playful mood during one of their early formal photo sessions. Left to right: Ringo Starr, John Lennon, Paul McCartney, and George Harrison.1963--The Beatles perform at the Ballroom of the Gaumont State Cinema, Kilburn, London.

1963--Winston Churchill becomes the first honorary US citizen.

1964--Filming continues for "A Hard Day's Night," but Ringo Starr is the only Beatle required on this day. Shooting proceeds with Ringo's solo sequence on the Thames River towpath and embankment, south of the river and west of the Kew Bridge. Filmed at Kew, Surrey.

1964--US record companies Capitol and VeeJay settle their legal battle out-of-court. Capitol obtains exclusive rights to manufacture and distribute Beatles records, but VeeJay is permitted to continue releasing Beatles records for a short time. VeeJay essentially has only the songs from The Beatles' first album, which they had released under the title Introducing the Beatles, at their disposal, so they would end up repackaging these tracks a number of times in an attempt to milk every possible bit of profit from their limited rights.

1965--UK release of The Beatles' single Ticket to Ride / Yes It Is (Parlophone). 9 weeks on the charts; highest position #1.

1965--Filming at Twickenham Film Studios for the movie "Help!" Shooting takes place in a warehouse interior for a scene that would be omitted from the completed movie.

Francie Schwartz's book, Body Count, about her short-lived relationship with Beatle Paul McCartney in 1970.1968--Francie Schwartz cuts her hair like Mia Farrow. She receives a note from Paul McCartney and meets him at Apple. Paul and Francie have their first walk together.

1970--Paul McCartney phones John Lennon at Tittenhurst (where he is undergoing Primal Scream therapy with Arthur Janov), to inform him of the release of his solo album McCartney. However, Paul avoids telling John that he is leaving The Beatles. John recalled: “Paul said to me, ‘I’m doing what you and Yoko were doing last year.’ So I said to him, ‘Good luck to yer.’” John hears of the split like everyone else when it hits the papers.

1971--UK release of the Ringo Starr single It Don't Come Easy / Early 1970 (Apple). 9 weeks on the charts; highest position #4.

1980--John Lennon, Yoko Ono, their son, Sean, and employee, Fred Seaman, travel to the Lennons' Cold Spring Harbor house on Long Island for a vacation.

The Beatles pose in their Sgt. Pepper suits in 1967. Left to right: Ringo Starr, John Lennon, Paul McCartney and George Harrison.1984--The permanent multi-media “Beatle City” exhibition center officially opens on Seel Street in Liverpool.

1985--UK re-release of The Beatles' single Ticket to Ride / Yes it Is (Parlophone). 20th anniversary reissue. Issued as a regular single and also as a picture disc.

1992--Paul McCartney and George Martin are interviewed for a UK (ITV) and US (Disney Channel) television special called "The Making of Sgt. Pepper." The Disney Channel broadcast will censor several minutes from the film where the influence of drugs on the album is discussed.

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