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The Beatles pose for a photo at The Cavern Club in 1961. Left to right: Paul McCartney, John Lennon, Pete Best, and George Harrison.1905--Bob Wills (fiddler, composer, and bandleader of his Texas Playboys) is born.

1947--Rob Reiner (son of veteran comedian, Carl Reiner, and creator of the most ingenious rock music spoof, “This is Spinal Tap”) is born.

1961--The Beatles perform at the Cavern Club at lunchtime. And that night they appear at the Liverpool Jazz Society.

1962--The Beatles perform at the Cavern Club -- a night show.

1963--The Beatles appear at the Playhouse Theatre in Manchester to record their fifth (and final) appearance on the BBC radio program "Here We Go." They perform I Saw Her Standing There, Misery, Do You Want to Know a Secret, and Please Please Me. The show is broadcast on March 12, with I Saw Her Standing There edited out of the broadcast tape, presumably because of time limitations.

Muhammad Ali, formerly Cassius Clay, Heavyweight Boxing Champion of the World.1964--Elijah Muhammad renames Heavyweight Boxing Champion, Cassius Clay, Muhammad Ali.

1964--Yet more filming aboard a train for "A Hard Day's Night." This day's destination is Newton Abbot.

John Lennon behind the scenes of the Beatles second movie, Help!, while on location in the Bahamas.1965--In the Bahamas, filming their second movie, "Help! The Beatles shoot scenes at Nassau International Airport, descending steps leading from their airplane to the ground. The Beatles wildly take photos of one another as they make their way down the steps.

1966--A petition with 5,000 signatures, asking that the Cavern Club be re-opened, is presented to British Prime Minister Harold Wilson.

1967--The Beatles in the recording studio (Studio Two, EMI Studios, London). Overdubbing sound effects onto the song Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band. The beginning audience murmurs and sounds of a band preparing for a performance are added, as are sounds of audience applause and laughter. Later, when the song is joined with With a Little Help From My Friends, screams will be added from a tape of The Beatles in concert at the Hollywood Bowl.

1970--UK release of The Beatles' single Let It Be / You Know My Name (Look Up the Number) (Apple). 6 weeks on the charts; highest position #2. This is the last single The Beatles will release as the original group.

John Lennon, circa 1969.1970--John Lennon writes an open letter to Rolling Stone magazine, explaining his decision to opt out of the Toronto Peace Festival. The piece is printed in the April 16, 1970 issue with the heading: “Have we all forgotten what vibes are?” In the letter John said: “Can you imagine what we could do together in one spot...thinking, singing and praying for million souls apart from from any TV link-ups, etc. to the rest of the planet. If we can be together for one reason, we could make it together. We need help! It is out of our control. All we have is our name. We are sorry for the confusion, it is bigger than both of us. We are doing our best for all our sakes...we still believe. Pray for us.”

John Lennon and Yoko Ono walk on the streets of New York City.1972--Five days after it was granted, the temporary extension of John Lennon's US visitor's visa is cancelled. Efforts to deport Lennon heat up. The Lennons engage specialist immigration lawyer, Leon Wildes, to handle their case.

1975--”The separation didn’t work out,” John Lennon announces in a press release to the world about his reunion with Yoko Ono. The couple had been underdoing a liquid fast, followed by a strict regimen of macrobiotic food. During this period, they discover that Yoko has become pregnant, as promised by the acupuncturist who had been supervising their diets since their reunion.

1976--UK re-release of The Beatles' singles, The Singles Collection 1962-1970 (EMI). Includes 23 Beatles UK singles: the original 22 singles and the about-to-be released Yesterday / I Should Have Known Better. Singles: Love Me Do / P.S. I Love You, Please Please Me / Ask Me Why, From Me to You / Thank You Girl, She Loves You / I'll Get You, Can't Buy Me Love / You Can't Do That, A Hard Day's Night / Things We Said Today, I Feel Fine / She's a Woman, Ticket to Ride / Yes It Is, Hey Jude / Revolution, Paperback Writer / Rain, Penny Lane / Strawberry Fields Forever, Get Back / Don't Let Me Down, Help! / I'm Down, Eleanor Rigby / Yellow Submarine, Let It Be / You Know My Name (Look Up the Number), I Want to Hold Your Hand / This Boy, All You Need is Love / Baby You're a Rich Man, Hello Goodbye / I Am the Walrus, Lady Madonna / The Inner Light, Day Tripper / We Can Work It Out, Something / Come Together, The Ballad of John and Yoko / Old Brown Shoe, and Yesterday / I Should Have Known Better.

1981--Walter Cronkite, the dean of American television newscasters, said “And that’s the way it is” for the final time, as he closed the "CBS Evening News with Walter Cronkite." An audience estimated at 17 million viewers saw “the most trusted man in America” permanently sign-off. Cronkite would be replaced by Dan Rather at the CBS-TV anchor desk.

1982--Billboard reports that Dick Clark has donated the “American Bandstand” podium to the Smithsonian Institution.

1986--Yoko Ono’s world tour moves on to Munich, West Germany.

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