how the past
impacts the now.
role The Beatles
played in changing
the modern world.
THE FOLLOWING EVENTS TOOK PLACE ON MARCH 15
1493--Christopher Columbus returns to Spain after the first New World voyage.
1906--Rolls, Royce and Johnson form Rolls Royce, Ltd.
1937--The first blood bank is established at Cook County Hospital in Chicago.
1941--Mike Love, of The Beach Boys, is born.
1947--Singer-guitarist Ry Cooder is born.
1955--The US Air Force unveils its self-guided missile.
1961--The Beatles perform at the Cavern Club at lunchtime. That afternoon they appear at The Liverpool Jazz Society. Other groups appearing at The Liverpool Jazz Society are Rory Storm and the Wild Ones, and Gerry and the Pacemakers.
1961--Stu Sutcliffe returns to Hamburg to pursue his romance with Astrid Kirchherr and his artistic career, signing up for classes at the State College of Art.
1962--Five research groups simultaneously announce the discovery of anti-matter.
1962--The Beatles play a lunchtime show at the Cavern Club. That night they perform at the Storyville Jazz Club, Liverpool. The night show was billed as "The Beatles' Farewell Party" in anticipation of their upcoming trip to Hamburg.
1963--The Beatles, on the Chris Montez / Tommy Roe tour, perform for two houses at Colston Hall, Bristol. John Lennon, recovering from his bad cold, is back on stage with The Beatles.
1965--The Beatles filming "Help!" in Austria: this day and the next spent shooting various scenes cavorting in the snow and on a ski lift.
1966--The Watts riots erupt in East Los Angeles, California.
1967--The Beatles in the recording studio (Studio Two, EMI Studios, London). The first session recording George Harrison's song Within You Without You. George is the only Beatle to perform on this song, which is not yet titled and is called simply "Untitled." Take one of the basic track is completed during the session, with George playing swordmandel and tamboura, Natver Soni playing tabla, Amrat Gajjar playing dilruba, PD Joshi playing swordmandel, and an undocumented musician playing a droning tamboura. Neil Aspinall also contributes a tamboura part.
1968--UK release of The Beatles' single Lady Madonna / The Inner Light (Parlophone). 6 weeks on the charts; highest position #1.
1968--A promotional film for Lady Madonna is broadcast in black and white on UK television, on the BBC1 program "All Systems Freeman."
1968--In Rishikesh, The Beatles serenade Beach Boy Mike Love with a specially composed ditty Happy Birthday, Michael Love, which segues into another impromptu tune called Spiritual Regeneration. These acoustic performances are preserved on tape. By now, the mood of The Beatles at the Mararishis ashram is turning restless: Ringo Starr is missing his home cooking, and John Lennon is starting to find that the clearing of his mind, induced by meditation, is leading as often to cynicism as to inner peace.
1968--Life magazine calls Jimi Hendrix "the most spectacular guitarist in the world."
1971--The CBS television network announces it is dropping "The Ed Sullivan Show."
1973--John Lennon begins recording several unreleased demos prior to the commencement of his Mind Games album sessions in New York. Tired of living in Greenwich Village, he and Yoko visit Connecticut with Bob Gruen and his wife, and their assistant Nadya, with the idea of buying a quiet place to live.
1978--The People's Rebublic of China performs a nuclear test at Lop Nor.
1984--US release of the John Lennon / Yoko Ono single I'm Stepping Out / Sleepless Night (Polydor/PolyGram).
1986--Yoko Onos world tour continues with a performance at a peace festival in Budapest, Hungary, in front of an estimated crowd of 25,000.
1988--NASA reports an accelerated breakdown of the Earths ozone layer.
1999--Paul McCartney is inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland, Ohio. Previously inducted as a member of The Beatles, McCartney is being honored for his solo work. McCartney's daughter, Stella, invited to join her father on stage, wears a shirt proclaiming, "About fucking time," a petulant complaint about a perceived delay in her father's entrance into the Hall of Fame. Paul himself presumably holds the same sentiments, which is curious in light of a statement he made to Newsweek magazine in 1995, when asked how he felt about John Lennon being in the Hall of Fame and he himself not yet being inducted: "We are in it as The Beatles, of course, and that's kind of enough, isn't it? I'm not that fussed, you know? I'm in my hall of fame. In his early days, John was very much wondering how he would be remembered. And I said, 'You're crazy, man. What are you talking about? Number one, you'll be remembered as something fantastic. Number two, you won't give a shit. You'll be in the cosmos somewhere. And I have a feeling that other things will be of more consequence at that point.' " Also inducted into the Hall of Fame this night are George Martin (The Beatles' producer), Dusty Springfield, Bruce Springsteen, Curtis Mayfield, and Billy Joel. During his induction Paul said: This is a brilliant night for me, but its sad, too. I would have liked my baby to be with me. She [Linda McCartney] wanted this. He goes on to say, By the way, while were here, youve got me, youve got John in this, what about George and Ringo?
2000--Sir Paul McCartney confirms that he and former model, Heather Mills, have become 'an item.' The couple met while working on a charity project.
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