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The cover of The Beatles & Murray the K As it Happened.1922--Disc jockey, "Murray the K" Kaufman, is born in New York City.

John Lennon's choice of engagement calendars in the late 1970s was the one published by New Yorker magazine.1925--The New Yorker magazine makes its debut.

1943--Producer and record executive, David Geffen, is born in Brooklyn, New York. Geffen will form Geffen Records in 1980. Geffen signed John Lennon to his new label for his highly anticipated come-back (and final) album Double Fantasy.

1947--The first instant camera, the Polaroid, is demonstrated by inventor Edwin Herbert Land in New York. These are the first "self-developing" photos.

1953--F. Crick and J. Watson discover the structure of DNA.

Gibson's Flying V guitar was heaven-sent for the psychedelic and heavy metal guitarists in the 60s, 70s and 80s.1958--The very first Gibson model Flying V guitar is shipped from a factory in Kalamazoo, Michigan.

1961--The Beatles, rather than The Quarry Men, perform for the first time at the Cavern Club in Liverpool for a lunchtime show. Over the next two-and-a-half years, they will perform almost 300 times, and the Cavern soon becomes synonymous with the freshly christened Merseybeat scene...and with The Beatles. Around this time, Stu Sutcliffe returns briefly to Liverpool, where he is welcomed with open arms by John Lennon; though not with such enthusiasm by Paul McCartney, who has become the group’s bass player in Stu’s absence.

1961--The Beatles appear at the Cassanova Club and at Litherland Town Hall, both in Liverpool.

1962--The Beatles perform at the Cavern Club twice, at lunchtime and then again that night.
Real Beatles wallpaper!
1963--The Beatles perform two shows for two separate houses at the Majestic Ballroom in Birkenhead.

1964--The Beatles leave the US and return home to England. They arrive in London the morning of February 22, at 8:10 a.m. Before their departure from America, The Beatles were filmed improvising a tune called Guitar Blues, the footage being included in a documentary film called "What's Happening! The Beatles in the U.S.A."

1964--24,000 rolls of Beatles wallpaper are sent to the US.

1966--US release of the Beatles' single Nowhere Man / What Goes On (Capitol). 9 weeks on Billboard chart; highest position #3.

1967--The Beatles in the recording studio (Studio Two, EMI Studios, London). Fixing a Hole, begun in Regent Studios on February 9, is completed with overdubs being recorded onto a reduction mixdown of take two.

The paperback version of the book The Beatles: by Hunter Davies. This was the only official biography of the group until the publishing of The Beatles Anthology Book in the 1990s.1968--McGraw-Hill, Inc. outbids eight other American publishers and pays $150,000 for the US rights to Hunter Davies' authorized biography of The Beatles.

1975--UK release of the John Lennon LP Rock 'n' Roll (Apple). Songs: Be-Bop-a-Lula, Stand By Me, Rip It Up / Ready Teddy, You Can't Catch Me, Ain't That a Shame, Do You Want to Dance, Sweet Little Sixteen, Slippin' and Slidin', Peggy Sue, Bring It On Home to Me / Send Me Some Lovin', Bony Maronie, Ya Ya, and Just Because.

1982--Disc jockey "Murray the K" Kaufman dies of cancer at age 60. He is thought to be the first person to play a Beatles record on the radio in the US.

1988--US re-release of the George Harrison album All Things Must Pass on double CD (Capitol).

1990--Paul McCartney receives a Lifetime Achievement Grammy Award. Also nominated this year are: The Traveling Wilburys, Vol. 1 and Tom Petty’s Full Moon Fever, for Album of the Year (both featuring George Harrison); The Traveling Wilburys, Vol. 1, for Best Rock Performance by a Duo or a Group with Vocal; Act Naturally, by Buck Owens and Ringo Starr, for Best Country Vocal Collaboration; and Flowers In the Dirt, by Paul McCartney, for Best Engineered Album. None of the above came away with an award.

1994--US re-release of the Beatles' vinyl singles labeled "For Jukeboxes Only": Can't Buy Me Love / You Can't Do That (green vinyl); Yellow Submarine / Eleanor Rigby (yellow vinyl); She Loves You / I'll Get You (red vinyl); and All You Need is Love / Baby You're a Rich Man (pink vinyl). All released by Capitol / CEMA.

A black hole in outer space.1996--The Space Telescope Science Institute announces that photographs from the Hubble Space Telescope confirmed the existence of a "black hole" equal to the mass of two billion suns in a galaxy some 30 million light-years away.

Mr. Holland's Opus: many references to John Lennon were made in the film, and Julian Lennon sang the song that was played over the ending credits.1999--George Harrison appears in a 10-second Public Service Announcement at the conclusion of the ABC-TV airing of the film "Mr. Holland’s Opus." Holding an acoustic guitar, George says: “I’m George Harrison. Music can make a world of difference in the life of a child, as it did mine. To find out about the Mr. Holland’s Opus Foundation, and to put musical instruments in the hands of children, call toll free 1-877-MrHolland. Help keep music alive in our schools.”

2000--Consumer advocate Ralph Nader announces his entry into the presidential race, bidding for the nomination of the Green Party.

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