how the past
impacts the now.
role The Beatles
played in changing
the modern world.
THE FOLLOWING EVENTS TOOK PLACE ON FEBRUARY 23
1886--Charles M. Hall completes his invention of aluminum.
1896--The Tootsie Roll is introduced by Leo Hirshfield.
1939--Actor Peter Fonda (son of Henry and brother of Jane) is born.
1944--Blues guitarist Johnny Winter is born in Beaumont, Texas. Among his hit albums is 1973's Still Alive and Well. He also will record John Lennons relatively unknown song, Rock and Roll People.
1959--Three weeks after his death, Buddy Holly's It Don't Matter Anymore enters the Hot 100 at #82.
1962--The Beatles perform four shows at three venues. First they play a lunchtime show at the Cavern Club. That evening they perform at the Tower Ballroom, New Brighton, Wallasey. The Beatles then rush to Technical College Hall in Birkenhead for a half-hour performance, after which they hurry back to the Tower Ballroom for a second performance.
1963--The Beatles perform on opening night of the second leg of the Helen Shapiro tour. They play at the Granada Cinema, Mansfield, Nottinghamshire, performing for two houses. Before their first performance, The Beatles crowd into Helen Shapiro's dressing room to watch their most recent appearance on the television program "Thank Your Lucky Stars," which had been taped on February 17. Shapiro, as headliner of the tour, was the only one who had a television set.
1963--The Chiffons' He's So Fine enters the pop chart on its way to No. 1.
1964--Just back from the US, and with no time to rest, The Beatles travel to Teddington Studio Centre to record their second appearance on the ABC Television variety show "Big Night Out." Recording is done in front of a studio audience. The Beatles participate in three comedy skits, one of them showing customs inspectors searching The Beatles' luggage as they are returning from America and finding the suitcases are all filled with cash. Then The Beatles play lip-sync performances of All My Loving, I Wanna Be Your Man, Till There Was You, Please Mr. Postman, Money, and I Want to Hold Your Hand. Broadcast on February 29.
1964--The Beatles appear on a prerecorded segment for "The Ed Sullivan Show." It's the first time Sullivan has had an act on three times. They also appear on the front cover of Newsweek magazine.
1965--The Beatles begin filming in the Bahamas for the movie "Help!" (originally to be named "Eight Arms to Hold You"). First filmed are shots of Ringo Starr listening to conch shells at a dock-side location (this scene would not be included in the final film). Then all four Beatles swim about fully clothed in the pool at the Nassau Beach Hotel (for the scene where The Beatles are escaping from the temple, diving through an opening in the hollow altar, into water, and surfacing at a busy hotel swimming pool).
1967--The Beatles in the recording studio (Studio Two, EMI Studios, London). They start recording Lovely Rita, taping eight takes of the rhythm track and a Paul McCartney bass overdub.
1967--US troops begin the largest offensive movement of the Vietnam War.
1970--Ringo Starr guest stars on the TV show, "Laugh-In."
1971--George Harrison is fined and banned from driving for a year.
1971--John Lennons evidence in the High Court action to dissolve The Beatles is in the form of an affidavit, read in court. He alleges that Apple was staffed with hustlers and scroungers who were lavish with money and hospitality. He also reveals that The Beatles final months had been a time of enormous dissension: I suppose Paul and George were the worst offenders, but from time to time we all gave displays of temperment and threatened to walk out. Of necessity, we developed a pattern for sorting out our differences, by doing what any three of us decided. From our earliest days in Liverpool, George and I on one hand and Paul on the other, had different musical tastes. Paul preferred pop type music and we preferred what is now called underground. This may have led to arguments...but the contrast in our tastes...did more good than harm and contributed to our success. Lennon went on to say in his evidence that he had been responsible for introducing Allen Klein to The Beatles, but if Paul is suggesting that I was trying to rush him and the others into engaging Klein, or pushing him down their throats, that is a wrong impression.
1997--Scientists in Scotland announce they have succeeded in cloning an adult mammal, producing a lamb named "Dolly."
1998--US release of the John Lennon compilation LP, Lennon Legend (EMI/Parlophone). The album is subtitled "The Very Best of John Lennon." All tracks have been digitally remastered. [One source gives Feb. 24 as the release date]. Songs: Imagine, Instant Karma, Mother (single edit), Jealous Guy, Power to the People, Cold Turkey, Love, Mind Games, Whatever Gets You Through the Night, #9 Dream, Stand By Me, (Just Like) Starting Over, Woman, Beautiful Boy (Darling Boy), Watching the Wheels, Nobody Told Me, Borrowed Time, Working Class Hero, Happy Xmas (War Is Over), and Give Peace a Chance.
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