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The picture sleeve of Elvis Presley's hit, Jailhouse Rock. Elvis had a great influence on John Lennon, inspiring him to become a rock musician.1958--The Quarry Men perform at the Cavern Club, Liverpool.

1958--Elvis Presley has his second UK No.1 single with Jailhouse Rock.

1959--The Quarry Men perform for 10 minutes at a (very) late Christmas party, at Woolton Village Club, Allerton Road, Woolton, Liverpool. The Quarry Men will not play again for over seven months, the group nearly fading into oblivion. George Harrison begins playing with The Les Stewart Quartet.

1960--Bob Dylan arrives in New York with his friend Fred Underhill. That night he performs at the Cafe Wha? After his set, the compere asks the audience if anybody can put up "Bob and Fred" for the night.

1962--The Beatles perform twice at the Cavern Club: at lunchtime and then again that night.

Brian Epstein, the Beatles manager. He brought them to worldwide fame in 1964. Sadly, Brian died of a drug overdose in 1967.1962--Brian Epstein officially becomes the manager of The Beatles when John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison, and Pete Best sign a management contract with Epstein. Epstein is to receive 25% of their earnings. The contract signing is witnessed by Alistair Taylor, but Brian Epstein, wanting to prove to The Beatles that he was not out to exploit them, did not sign the contract until the following October. As far as The Beatles were concerned, though, this was a mere formality and Epstein was unquestionably their manager.

1963--The Beatles perform at Assembly Hall, Mold, Flintshire. That morning The Beatles made a personal appearance at Brian Epstein's NEMS central Liverpool record store. They gave a brief acoustic performance and signed copies of their Please Please Me single.

1964--The Beatles perform two shows at the Olympia Theatre in Paris, France. They also record an interview for the American Forces Network; it is broadcast the next day, on the program "Weekend World," to US troops stationed in West Germany.
John Lennon was named after the great British statesman, Winston Churchill (John Winston Lennon).
1965--Winston Churchill dies in London at age 90.

1965--The film “Ferry Cross the Mersey,” starring Gerry and the Pacemakers, premieres at the Liverpool Odeon.

1969--The Beatles in the recording studio (Apple Studios, London). A long day of rehearsals, jams, and recordings, during which John Lennon leads the group through an impromptu number called Dig It, exhumes a song called I Lost My Little Girl from the 1950s Lennon-McCartney songbook, and attempts to persuade the other Beatles that Billy Preston should become a full-time member of the group. McCartney turns down this suggestion. Other songs recorded this day are: Two of Us (under the working title On Our Way Home), Teddy Boy (which Paul will include on his first solo LP McCartney), Maggie Mae, Dig a Pony, and I've Got a Feeling. A recording of Two of Us from this day's session was released on The Beatles Anthology 3 (Disc two, Track 4). A rehearsal version of Teddy Boy was released on The Beatles Anthology 3 (Disc two, Track 6).

1970--Beatles fans around the world hear the news that John and Yoko have cut off their long hair to mark the start of "Year One for Peace."

1976--John Lennon and Yoko Ono are seen in public, for the first time since Sean’s birth, at Ashley’s Club in New York. They are seen chatting with Mick Jagger and guitarist Jesse Ed Davis.
The first Apple Macintosh computer.
1979--US release of The Beatles' double LP, The Beatles: First Live Recordings (Pickwick). Repackaging of the Star-Club tapes, which were released in 1977 by Lingasong.

1984--In Liverpool, Yoko Ono and Sean Lennon (who had arrived in England only this morning on a Milk and Honey promotional visit) are on a sightseeing tour of Beatles landmarks, followed every inch of the way by a posse of photographers, reporters, and television cameras. They are seen at Penny Lane and Strawberry Fields, where Yoko promises a gift of £250,000 to the children’s home.

1984--Apple Computer unveils its Macintosh personal computer.

1985--At their Tittenhurst Park mansion in Ascot (the one that was once John and Yoko’s), Ringo Starr and his wife, Barbara, organize a small wedding reception for Zak and Sarah, two days after their wedding.

The picture sleeve for George Harrison's single, When We Was Fab. A cleverly written self-tribute to the days of Beatlemania and the Swinging Sixties.1986--US release of the John Lennon LP, John Lennon: Live in New York City (Capitol). The first authorized release of recordings from Lennon's "One to One Concerts" on August 30, 1972 (most tracks from the afternoon show). Songs: New York City, It's So Hard, Woman Is the Nigger of the World, Well Well Well, Instant Karma, Mother, Come Together, Imagine, Cold Turkey, Hound Dog and Give Peace a Chance. For the release, Yoko Ono deliberately mixes out her vocals and cuts several of her own songs from the performance. US release of the video also happens on this day.

1988--The premiere of George Harrison’s When We Was Fab video on MTV.

1989--The first case of AIDS transmitted by heterosexual oral sex is reported.

1993--Keith Richards plays Las Vegas for the first time with his solo group, The X-Pensive Winos.

2000--Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young play the first date of their reunion tour at Michigan's Palace of Auburn Hills. It's the first time they've toured together in 25 years.

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