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Don and Phil Everly, The Everly Brothers.1884--The first volume of the Oxford English Dictionary (A-Ant) is published.

1937--Don Everly (one half of The Everly Brothers, is born in Brownie, Kentucky. They duo had hits that included Wake Up Little Susie, Bye Bye Love, Cathy’s Clown, and All I Have To Do Is Dream. John Lennon and Paul McCartney were fans of the Everlys and imitated their harmony vocals.

Glenn Miller1941--Downbeat magazine reports that Glenn Miller had inked a new three-year contract with RCA Victor Records. The pact guaranteed Miller $750 a side, the most lucrative record contract signed up to that time.

1949--RCA releases the first single record on 45 rpm.

1959--Texas Instruments requests a patent for IC (the Integrated Circuit).

1961--The Beatles perform at Hambleton Hall in Huyton, Liverpool.

1962--The Beatles play the Thistle Cafe in West Kirkby, England. It's their first booking under the management of their manager, Brian Epstein.

1963--The Beatles prepare for their first British tour.
The Beatles all in a row in an early photo from 1963. Left to right: Paul McCartney, George Harrison, John Lennon and Ringo Starr.
1963--Three concert promoters (Arthur Howes, Paul Cave, and Harold Fielding) contact Brian Epstein, all vying for the chance to present The Beatles shows at seaside resorts in the summer.

1964--With The Beatles is No. 1 for the ninth week (UK Record Retailer chart); I Want To Hold Your Hand is No. 1 after three weeks in the Top 100 (Billboard); She Loves You has its second week in the Top 100 (Billboard); and Please Please Me has its first week in the Top 100 (Billboard).

1964--The Beatles and Brian Epstein have a celebration dinner at the George V Hotel in Paris, upon hearing that I Want To Hold Your Hand has reached No. 1 in the US. It will hold the top position for seven weeks.

Picture sleeve for the controversial hit single, Louie Louie by The Kingsmen.1964--The governor of Indiana asks the Indiana Broadcasters Association to ban the record Louie Louie, claiming The Kingsmen's song is pornographic and makes his ears tingle. DJs claim that it's impossible to decipher the true lyrics in the allegedly-smutty hit.

1965--The EP 4 By The Beatles is released in the US.

Cilla Black with her manager, Brian Epstein.1965--Brian Epstein announces upcoming plans for Cilla Black: she will make appearances on “Sunday Night at the London Palladium,” and is booked into the Persian Room at the Plaza Hotel, New York City.

1965--Martin Luther King, Jr. and 700 demonstrators are arrested in Selma, Alabama.

1967--The Beatles begin recording sessions for Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band, laying down the rhythm track for the title cut.

1968--John Lennon ships his psychedelic Rolls Royce to the US.

The Presleys, left to right: Priscilla, Lisa Marie, and Elvis.1968--At BBC Television Rehearsal Rooms in London, Ringo Starr rehearses for his appearance on the “Cilla” TV show.

1968--The Doors announce that Universal Studios has offered them a $500,000 movie contract. They also say that a book of Jim Morrison's poems and a joke book by the entire band will soon be published.

1968-- Lisa Marie Presley, daughter of Elvis and Priscilla, is born in Memphis, Tennessee.
Sonny and Cher perform on their popular American TV show in the 1970s.
1972--Wings release Give Ireland Back to the Irish in the UK.

1976--Sonny and Cher resume their TV show, despite their real-life divorce.

1982--"Late Night With David Letterman" debuts on NBC-TV.

1986--Dick James, The Beatles' music publisher (1962-1970), dies in London at age 58.

1988--Brian Epstein’s brother, Clive, dies in Austria.

1990--Paul McCartney performs in Detroit on his “Get Back Tour.”

1992--US President George Bush and Russian President Boris Yeltsin sign an agreement of general principles that concludes decades of East-West rivalry and encourages a future relationship of cooperation. The signing. which takes place in Washington, D.C., marks the official end of the “Cold War.”

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