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1910--Chicago businessman, William D. Boyce, incorporates the Boy Scouts of America. However, the Boy Scouts were originated by Englishman, Sir Robert S.S. Baden-Powell. Mr. Boyce was visiting England and one day in London, he lost his way. A young boy guided him, but refused any monetary reward. A surprised Mr. Boyce queried as to why. The boy explained that he was a Boy Scout and Scouts did not accept a reward for doing a good turn. Boyce searched out Baden-Powell to learn more about the British Scouts and upon his return to the US, he formed the Boy Scouts of America. Famous pop star British Boy Scouts include: Paul McCartney and Georgie Fame.

The incomparable James Dean. He died too young.
1931--Not a rocker, but a rock icon: Actor James Dean is born in Marion, Indiana.

1961--The Beatles perform at Aintree Institute, Aintree, Liverpool, and at Hambleton Hall, Huyton, Liverpool. The Beatles' new road manager, Neil Aspinall, is in charge of getting them from their first engagement to Hambleton Hall.

1963--On the Helen Shapiro tour, The Beatles perform at the ABC Cinema, Carlisle, Cumberland, playing for two houses. One of the tour's most memorable moments happens after the show when The Beatles, Helen Shapiro, and Kenny Lynch are thrown out of a dance sponsored by the Carlisle Golf Club, being held at the Crown and Mitre Hotel, for wearing leather jackets into the ballroom.

1964--I Want to Hold Your Hand is the #1 single in the US for the second straight week.

The Beatles during their rehearsal for their first appearance on The Ed Sullivan Show.1964--The Beatles rehearse for their first live appearance on American television, "The Ed Sullivan Show." The rehearsal is at Studio 50, Broadway and West 53rd Street, New York City.

The Ronettes1964--The Ronettes greet The Beatles on their first visit to the US, interviewing them for radio.

1965--Release in Sweden of The Beatles' single, Rock and Roll Music / If I Fell (Parlophone). Ten weeks in the Swedish charts; highest position #1.

1967--The Beatles in the recording studio (Studio two, EMI Studios, London). Recording begins for Good Morning Good Morning. The song's title was inspired by John Lennon watching a British television commercial for Kellogg's Corn Flakes. The Beatles tape eight takes of the basic rhythm track.

1968--The Beatles in the recording studio (Studio Two, EMI Studios, London). After John Lennon and Paul McCartney overdub their backing vocals for George Harrison's song, The Inner Light, The Beatles unsuccessfully try to complete the recording of Across the Universe. In the end, John is not satisfied with the song. John had wanted Across the Universe to be the next Beatles' single, along with Lady Madonna, but he readily agrees to give The Inner Light that honor instead. Spike Milligan is attending the session as a guest of George Martin, and he requests permission to use Across the Universe on a charity album he is putting together to benefit the World Wildlife Fund. The Beatles agree, and the song eventually will appear on the No One's Gonna Change Our World LP, which is not released until December 1969. Wildlife sound effects will be added to Across the Universe for that album.

Paul McCartney and Wings, circa 1972.1969--The last edition of the Saturday Evening Post is published.

1971--Bob Dylan's bizarre hour-long documentary film, "Eat the Document," is screened at New York's Academy of Music. Much of the footage is from Dylan's 1966 UK tour. Proceeds from the premiere go toward ending strip mining in Pike County, Kentucky. However, the film is only given two other commercial showings.

1972--Paul and Linda McCartney, the band (Wings), wives, girlfriends, children, and even pets, climb into a caravan and head onto the motorway, stopping at whichever university town takes their fancy. Their musical instruments, along with two roadies, follow in a van. Once there, Paul will send in an assistant to ask if they can put on a show for the students the following day. Once agreed, word is spread throughout the campus and posters are put up. This happens today at Nottingham University. The road manager for this tour, Trevor Jones, remembers the historic first concert: “We went into Nottingham University Students Union at about five o’clock and fixed it up for lunchtime the next day. Nottingham was the best because they were so enthusiastic. No hassles. No one quite expected it or believed it.”

1973--Max Yasgur, the farmer whose land near Bethel, New York, was used for the 1969 Woodstock festival, dies of a heart attack in Florida.

The cover of John Lennon's Rock'n'Roll LP1975--The unauthorized John Lennon LP, John Lennon Sings the Great Rock & Roll Hits: Roots is sold via television mail order in the US. The album was pressed using an incomplete advance master tape of Lennon's Rock 'n' Roll album tracks (Lennon's album had not yet been released). Lennon's successful lawsuit will force Roots off the market, and his Rock 'n' Roll LP will be released on February 17. Roots contains two songs not on the Rock 'n' Roll LP: Angel Baby and Be My Baby. Angel Baby is later released on both the posthumous Menlove Ave. album and the CD boxed set Lennon. Be My Baby is released in 1998 on disc 3 ("The Lost Weekend") of the CD boxed set John Lennon Anthology. Lennon later said that he ordered one of the Roots albums off TV and had to wait three weeks for its delivery. This was most likely because of its scarcity: there were only 2,500 copies of the LP and 500 copies of the 8-track tape produced.

1981--Roxy Music issues a cover version of John Lennon’s Jealous Guy as a tribute record. It tops the UK chart.

The Beatles All Our Loving interview CD.1986--US release of The Beatles' interview album, All Our Loving (Cicadelic). Interviews from 1964-65, not previously released.

1988--UK release of three-inch CD single and 12-inch picture disc single of George Harrison's When We Was Fab, with the same tracks as the January 25 12-inch vinyl single release.

1992--John Lennon is featured in tonight’s edition of the syndicated American radio series "The King Biscuit Flower Hour," which includes four tracks from John and Yoko’s August 1972 “One To One Concert” at Madison Square Garden.

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