how the past
impacts the now.
role The Beatles
played in changing
the modern world.
THE FOLLOWING EVENTS TOOK PLACE ON MARCH 13
1884--The United States adopts Standard Time.
1911--L. Ron Hubbard, founder of The Church of Scientology, is born.
1935--The Driving Test is introduced in Great Britain.
1939--Fifties singer-songwriter extraordinaire, Neil Sedaka, is born. He had a string of hits including, Oh! Carol, Calendar Girl, Breaking Up Is Hard to Do, Happy Birthday Sweet Sixteen, and Laughter in The Rain. He made a comeback in the 1970s with the hit, Solitaire.
1958--The Quarry Men perform at The Morgue Skiffle Center, Oakhill Park, Broadgreen, Liverpool. This is the opening night of a club run by 18-year-old Alan Caldwell, whose group Alan Caldwell's Texans also performs. Caldwell later adopts the stage name Rory Storm, and his group becomes known as The Hurricanes. The club is located in the cellar of a huge old Victorian house that had previously been a home for retired nurses. It holds 100 people, and it is lit by a single, blue bulb and a fluorescent strip light. An electric fan provides the club's ventilation. The club is closed by police a month later, but it is likely that The Quarry Men played there on more than one occasion.
1961--The Beatles perform at the Cavern Club -- a lunchtime show. That night they perform at the Liverpool Jazz Society.
1962--The Beatles perform at the Cavern Club -- a lunchtime performance.
1963--The Beatles, on tour with Chris Montez and Tommy Roe, perform before two houses at the Rialto Theatre in York. John Lennon, still voiceless due to a very bad cold, is unable to perform, missing the second night in a row. That morning, however, The Beatles had flown down to London to record a harmonica part for the song Thank You Girl, with John recording 15 takes, so he didn't get much rest.
1964--Filming continues for "A Hard Day's Night." On location at the old Gatwick Airport. In the morning they film the scene at the end of the movie where The Beatles and "Paul's grandfather" (Wilfrid Brambell) take off in a helicopter, with promotional photos falling from the rising craft. After lunch The Beatles are filmed "larking about" on the helicopter launch pad (some of this footage will be used for the exuberant Can't Buy Me Love segment).
1964--Sales of the US Capitol LP Meet the Beatles reach a record 3.5 million copies. Billboard reports that sales of Beatles singles currently account for 60% of the singles market. Cash Box lists four Beatles singles in the top four positions on its chart: She Loves You, I Want to Hold Your Hand, Please Please Me and Twist and Shout.
1965--Eight Days a Week becomes the #1 single in the US.
1965--The Beatles fly to Obertauern, Austria, for more location shooting for their movie, "Help!"
1967--The Beatles in the recording studio (Studio Two, EMI Studios, London). Six members of Sounds Incorporated are brought into the studio to add the horn parts for Good Morning Good Morning (three saxophones, two trombones, and one french horn).
1969--A five-song Yellow Submarine EP is mastered, but it is never released.
1969--A group calling itself "Revolutionary Force 9" takes credit for three bombings in New York City. The New York Times notes a "possible connection to The Beatles' song Revolution 9.
1970--Digital Equipment Corp introduces the PDP-11 minicomputer.
1973--Work continues on the Ringo LP, with Ringo Starr and George Harrison in attendance. Also present on this day are John and Yoko, who just happen to drop by the Sunset Sound Recorders Studios. It is during this session that the three ex-Beatles record ten versions of John Lennons I Am The Greatest. Their session lasts approximately 18 minutes. The albums producer, Richard Perry, recalls: Just like that, no planning. The three ex-Beatles recorded one of Johns songs. Everyone in the room was just gleaming...its such a universal gleam with The Beatles. Also on hand were Klaus Voorman and Billy Preston, who summed up the session by simply saying: They (John and George) were just looking for something to do, just playing together and having a good time. Returning to New York the next day, John will not see George again until December 14, 1974.
1974--John Lennon and Harry Nilsson send flowers and a note of apology to the The Smothers Brothers, which reads With Love and Tears, while the local press play up the ex-Beatle in drunken fight angle for all its worth. Asked her opinion in New York, Yoko Ono sternly replies, No comment. With headlines blazing around the world, a clean-shaven and sober-looking John Lennon is seen arm and arm with May Pang, attending the televised American Film Institute tribute dinner to legendary film actor James Cagney at the Century Plaza Hotel.
1979--The European Monetary System is established and the ECU is created.
1981--US release of John Lennon / Yoko Ono single Watching the Wheels / I'm Your Angel (Geffen). Highest chart position is #9.
1981--UK release of seven-inch EP Elton John Band Featuring John Lennon and the Muscle Shoals Horns (DJM). It contains the three songs performed live by Elton John and John Lennon at New York's Madison Square Garden on November 28, 1974: I Saw Her Standing There, Whatever Gets You Through the Night, and Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds.
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