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Smoking was not always considered the serious health issue it is today. Many light-hearted images were associated with the cigarettes, such as this dancing Old Gold package.1558--Smoking tobacco is introduced in Europe by Francisco Fernandes.

1917--The first jazz recording for Victor Records is released.

1924--The Computing-Tabulating-Recording Corporation becomes IBM (International Business Machines).

1931--Britain's Viceroy signs the Delhi Pact with Mahatma Gandhi under which the Indian leader agreed to a truce in his campaign of civil disobedience against British rule.

1946--Winston Churchill delivers his famous "Iron Curtain" speech at Westminster College in Fulton, Missouri.

Elvis Presley in his Army uniform. He was stationed in Germany.1955--Elvis Presley makes his first television appearance on the "Louisiana Hayride" show.

1960--Elvis Presley ends his two-year enlistment in US Army.

1961--The Beatles perform at the Casbah Coffee Club, West Derby, Liverpool.

1962--The Beatles perform a lunchtime show at the Cavern Club. That night, they perform at the Kingsway Club in Southport.

1963--Having driven down from Lancashire overnight, The Beatles arrive in London in time for a photo shoot at EMI House in Manchester Square, and then a 2:30 p.m. recording session at Abbey Road with George Martin.

US picture sleeve for From Me To You, one of The Beatles most popular tunes.1963--The Beatles in the recording studio: Studio Two, EMI Studios, London. Only five days after John Lennon and Paul McCartney wrote the song From Me to You, The Beatles are recording it for their third single. Originally slotted for the B-side of the record, it is switched to the A-side during the recording session, with Thank You Girl demoted to the flip side. They record 13 takes of From Me to You and 13 takes of Thank You Girl (at that time titled "Thank You Little Girl"). The Beatles also want to record One After 909 and What Goes On, but only have time to record a few takes of One After 909. Five takes are recorded, but none turns out quite right, so the song is shelved and the tracks remained unissued until The Beatles Anthology 1. The song was re-recorded in 1969, during the rooftop concert on January 30, with that version appearing on the Let It Be album and in the movie). The From Me to You / Thank You Girl single was issued by EMI, on the Parlophone label, on April 11, 1963. The Beatles Anthology 1 includes a sequence of incomplete takes of One After 909 and a complete version of the song pieced together from the partial takes (Disc 1, Tracks 25-26).

1963--Patsy Cline, Cowboy Copas and Hankshaw Hawkins are killed in a plane crash at Camden, Tennessee, near Nashville. The famous country music stars were returning from a benefit performance. Cline, the undisputed “Queen of Country Music” would be inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame in 1973.

1964--Filming for "A Hard Day's Night." More filming aboard a train, this time headed to Taunton and back. Later that night, The Beatles and Brian Epstein dine at Oxford's Brasenose College.

1965--The Beatles filming their second movie "Help!" in the Bahamas. The day's shots include John, Paul and George running around the island shouting "Ringo!"

1969--Cream magazine begins publication.

Joe Orton was a anti-establishment writer of the 1960s. His life is detailed in the film, Prick Up Your Ears.1969--Joe Orton's "What the Butler Saw" premieres in London.

1970--A promotional film for The Beatles single, Let It Be, is broadcast in the UK on the program "Top of the Pops."

1970--Yoko Ono discovers once again that she is pregnant. She is put under observation in an exclusive London clinic (where some visitors later insist that she was being weaned off heroin with methadone). After four days, she is allowed to return to Tittenhurst Park.
John Lennon and Yoko Ono pose in front of a anti-nuclear poster designed to look like an American flag.
1970--A nuclear non-proliferation treaty goes into effect after being ratified by 43 nations.

1976--The British pound falls below the equivalent of two dollars for the first time.

1990--UK re-release of The Beatles single Let It Be / You Know My Name (Look Up the Number) (Parlophone). 20th anniversary release. Released as a regular single and also as a picture disc.

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