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An old-fashioned radio, for many decades the most exciting form of home entertainment.1906--The first radio set is advertised in the Scientific American: the Telimco with the price of $7.50.

1943--Adolph Hitler declares "Total War."

1957--The Wham-O Company develops the first plastic Frisbee. The most popular theory as to how this flying disc came to be dates back to the 1920s when Yale students invented a game of catch by tossing around metal pie tins from the Frisbee Baking Company in nearby Bridgeport, Connecticut. Mattel now owns the rights to Frisbee, which has become an American icon.

Conway Twitty, Chubby Checker and Dick Clark demonstrate the latest dance craze, the Twist.1958--Nine thoudand scientists from 43 nations petition the United Nations for a nuclear test ban.

1961--The Beatles perform at Aintree Institute, Aintree, Liverpool.

1962--Chubby Checker tops the singles chart with his dance-craze hit, The Twist.

1962--The Beatles perform at Hambleton Hall, Huyton, Liverpool. This is The Beatles' last appearance at this location. It wasn't the type of venue that Brian Epstein wanted The Beatles to be seen in.

John Lennon during The Beatles appearance on Thank Your Lucky Stars in January 1963.1963--The Beatles travel to Alpha Television Studios, Aston, Birmingham, Warwickshire, to tape a television appearance on the ABC Television program "Thank Your Lucky Stars." They tape a lip-sync performance of their new single, Please Please Me, released two days earlier. This is an important appearance for The Beatles, for "Thank Your Lucky Stars" is broadcast over most of Britain and is very popular. The show is broadcast on January 19, and The Beatles' music, appearance, and wit are a big hit with the television audience, earning The Beatles lots of positive publicity in the London papers. Their big breakthrough, a #1 single, is only a few weeks away.

The American picture sleeve for the Beatles' single I Want To Hold Your Hand. Pictured left to right: Paul McCartney, Ringo Starr, George Harrison and John Lennon.1964--The Beatles release their breakthrough single I Want to Hold Your Hand in the US. Bob Dylan mishears the middle eight as, "I get high, I get high, I get high." John Lennon and Paul McCartney were embarrassed to admit that the lyric was actually “I can’t hide.”

1965--The Beatles put on two performances of "Another Beatles Christmas Show" at the Hammersmith Odeon in London.

1966--Ringo Starr and John Lennon leave England for a vacation in Trinidad.

1967--Jimi Hendrix performs at London's Bag O'Nails club before an audience that includes Beatles manager, Brian Epstein. Earlier in the day, Epstein's management company NEMS had merged with the Robert Stigwood Organization.

A picture sleeve for The Beatles' hit single Hello, Goodbye. Pictured are George Harrison, John Lennon, Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr.1968--The Beatles' single Hello Goodbye is #1 in the US charts for the third straight week.

1968--Dr. K.C. Pollack of the University of Florida audio lab reports tests have found that the noise generated at rock and roll concerts is harmful to teenage ears.

1969--US release of The Beatles soundtrack LP, Yellow Submarine (Apple). Songs: Yellow Submarine, Only a Northern Song, All Together Now, Hey Bulldog, It's All Too Much, and All You Need Is Love. Side two consists of instrumental soundtrack music by The George Martin Orchestra. 24 weeks on Billboard chart; highest position #2.

1969--Incredibly, The Beatles (minus George Harrision, who quit the group three days earlier) return to Twickenham Film Studios and the "Get Back" project. It must have been a miserable day. When the rehearsal was scheduled to begin, only two Beatles attend, Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr. John Lennon makes a brief appearance late in the afternoon, almost as a gesture of contempt for the group. In his absence, Paul and Ringo discuss the difficulty of dealing with John when he has apparently appointed Yoko Ono to speak and act on his behalf.

1969--Elvis Presley begins recording in Memphis for the first time since his Sun Records sessions, and produces some of his most powerful adult music, including the hit, Suspicious Minds.

1971--John Lennon and Yoko Ono travel to Japan. This is their first joint visit to the Yoko’s homeland, and John is finally introduced to her parents and family, almost two years after they were married. The couple are registered at the Hilton Hotel in Tokyo, under the names of Mr. and Mrs. Fred Gherkin.

Vintage LP, Hear The Beatles Tell All, now a collectors item.1972--The first of a series of early 1972 TV appearances by the Lennons, sees them once again on "The David Frost Show." They appear with backing group, David Peel and the Lower East Side Band. John and Yoko perform John Sinclair, Attica State, and Luck of the Irish. During a heated discussion with audience members, one woman tells John, “You’re making it sound like the only worthwhile people in this world are people who commited crimes and were put away.” John and Yoko defend their stand, but it is clear that most of the audience is against them. Written around this time are fragments of two more Lennon songs, Pill and He Got the Blues, neither of which is ever completed.

1973--Eric Clapton performs at the Rainbow Theatre in a concert organized by his friend, Pete Townshend, to help Clapton shake his alcoholism. Claption opens and ends the show with Layla. Later he says, "I was very nervous, felt sick, the whole bit."

1976--Britain applies for credit of almost £1 billion from the International Monetary Fund.

1980--Another “new” Beatles LP hits US stores as Hear The Beatles Tell All, an interview album previously available only to DJs back in 1966.

1984--To promote his upcoming radio special, “Life Without Lennon,” DJ Andy Peebles is a guest on “BBC Breakfast Time” on BBC1. The feature also includes the first ever screening of the promotional film for the John Lennon song, Nobody Told Me.

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