Beatles Timeline

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1922        Feb 21, Murray "the K" Kaufman, NYC DJ (5th Beatle), was born.
    (MC, 2/21/02)

1943        Feb 25, George Harrison (d. Nov 29, 2001) of the Beatles was born.
    (SFC, 11/30/01, p.A1)(SFC, 12/4/01, p.A2)

1955        May 10, Mark David Chapman, assassin (John Lennon), was born.
    (MC, 5/10/02)

1960        Aug 18, Beatles gave their 1st public performance at Kaiser Keller in Hamburg.
    (MC, 8/18/02)

1962        Aug 16, The Beatles dropped Pete Best as their drummer. They took on Ringo Starr on Aug 17. Best later authored the autobiography "Beatle! The Pete Best Story."
    (SFC, 7/5/02, p.G5)(MC, 8/16/02)

1962        Aug 17, Beatles replaced Pete Best with Ringo Starr.
    (SC, 8/17/02)

1963        Aug 3, Beatles made a final performance the Cavern Club in Liverpool.
    (SC, 8/3/02)

1963        Aug 23, Beatles released "She Loves You" in UK.
    (MC, 8/23/02)

1963        Sep 7, The Beatles made their 1st US TV appearance on ABC’s Big Night Out.
    (MC, 9/7/01)

1963        Dec 10, Walter Cronkite re-aired a CBS News report from London on the Beatles. It had been 1st filed on Nov 22, the day JFK was assassinated.
    (SSFC, 2/8/04, Par p.18)

1964        Jan 18, Beatles 1st appeared on Billboard Chart at #35 for "I Want to Hold Your Hand." The song hit No. 1 by the end of the month.
    (MC, 1/18/02)(SSFC, 2/8/04, Par p.18)

1964        Jan, The Beatles made their North America TV debut on the Jack Paar Show. [see Feb 9, 1964]
    (SFC, 1/28/04, p.A1)

1964        Feb 3, "Meet the Beatles" album went Gold.
    (MC, 2/3/02)

1964         Feb 7, The British band The Beatles began their first American tour as they arrived at New York's John F. Kennedy International Airport, where they were greeted by 25,000 screaming fans.
    (SFEM, 3/9/96, p.35)(AP, 2/7/97)(HN, 2/7/99)

1964        Feb 9, The Beatles made their first live American television appearance on "The Ed Sullivan Show." [see Jan, 1964]
    (AP, 2/9/99)

1964        Feb 11, The Beatles 1st live appearance in US was in the Washington,  DC Coliseum. It was filmed by CBS.
    (SFC, 3/6/04, p.D17)

1964        Feb 12, The Beatles played 2 shows at Carnegie Hall.
    (SFC, 3/6/04, p.D17)

1964        Feb 16, The Beatles made their 2nd appearance on the "Ed Sullivan Show" from the Deauville Hotel in Miami.
    (SFC, 3/6/04, p.D17)

1964        Feb 18, The Beatles visited Cassius Clay in training for his match with heavyweight champion Sonny Liston.
    (SFC, 3/6/04, p.D17)

1964        Feb 23, The Beatles' 3rd TV appearance on the Ed Sullivan show, taped in NYC 2 weeks earlier, aired.
    (SFC, 3/6/04, p.D17)

1964        Mar 2, Beatles began filming "A Hard Day's Night."
    (SC, 3/2/02)

1964        Mar 21, Beatles' "She Loves You," single went #1 and stayed #1 for 2 weeks.
    (MC, 3/21/02)

1964        May 18, David Frost interviewed Paul McCartney on the BBC.
    (SC, 5/18/02)

1964        Jun 26, Beatles released "A Hard Day's Night" album.
    (MC, 6/26/02)

1964        Jul 2, Celia Black recorded Beatle's "Its For You" with McCartney on piano.
    (SC, 7/2/02)

1964        Jul 6, Beatles' film "Hard Day's Night" premiered in London.
    (MC, 7/6/02)

1964        Jul 11(Jun 11), Queen Elizabeth ordered Beatles to her birthday party and they attended.
    (MC, 7/11/02)

1964        Jul 25, Beatles' "Hard Day's Night, A," album went #1 and stayed #1 for 14 weeks.
    (SC, 7/25/02)

1964        Aug 1, Beatles' "Hard Day's Night" single went #1.
    (MC, 8/1/02)

1964        Aug 11, Beatles' "A Hard Days Night" opened in NYC.
    (MC, 8/11/02)

1964        Aug 19, The Beatles performed a concert at the Cow Palace in Daly City, Ca. They returned there for another concert in 1965.

1965        Feb 24, Beatles began filming "Help" in Bahamas.
    (MC, 2/24/02)

1965        Apr 13, Beatles recorded "Help."
    (MC, 4/13/02)

1965        Jul 29, Beatles movie "Help" premiered and Queen Elizabeth attended.
    (MC, 7/29/02)

1965        Aug 11, Beatles movie "Help" opened in NYC.
    (MC, 8/11/02)

1965        Aug 14, The Beatles taped an appearance for the Ed Sullivan Show.
    (MC, 8/14/02)

1965        Aug 15, Beatles played to 55,000 at Shea Stadium.
    (MC, 8/15/02)

1965        Aug 31, The Beatles returned to the Cow Palace in Daly City, Ca., for another concert.

1966        Mar 4, John Lennon said: "We (Beatles) are more popular than Jesus." Radio stations in the Netherlands and in Spain quickly banned the playing of Beatle records as did the South African Broadcasting Corporation, stating that "The Beatles' arrogance has passed the ultimate limit of decency. It is clowning no longer."

1966        May 1, Last British concert by Beatles was at Empire Pool in Wembley.
    (MC, 5/1/02)

1966        Jul 4, Beatles were attacked in Philippines after insulting Imelda Marcos.
    (Maggio, 98)

1966        Jul 31, Alabamans burned Beatle products due to John Lennon's remark that the Beatles are more popular than Jesus.
    (MC, 7/31/02)

1966        Aug 5, Beatles released their "Revolver" album in US.
    (MC, 8/5/02)
1966        Aug 5, Beatles released "Yellow Submarine" and "Eleanor Rigby" in UK.
    (MC, 8/5/02)

1966        Aug 8, South African Broadcasting banned the Beatles for Lennon's anti-Jesus remark.
    (MC, 8/8/02)

1966        Aug 20, The Beatles were pelted with rotten fruit during a Memphis concert.
    (MC, 8/20/02)

1966        Aug 22, The Beatles arrived in NYC.
    (MC, 8/22/02)

1966        Aug 29, The Beatles concluded their fourth American tour with their last public concert, at Candlestick Park in San Francisco.
    (AP, 8/29/97)

1966        Sep 10, The Beatles' "Revolver," album went #1 & stays #1 for 6 weeks.
    (MC, 9/10/01)

1966        Sep 12, The Beatles received a gold record for "Yellow Submarine."
    (MC, 9/12/01)

1966        Nov 24, The Beatles began recording sessions for "Sgt Pepper."
    (MC, 11/24/01)

1966        Nov 28, US LP release: "The Beatles Girls," instrumental LP by George Martin.
    (DTnet, 11/28/97)

1967        Feb 17, Beatles released "Penny Lane" & "Strawberry Fields." Strawberry Fields was a children’s home run by the Salvation Army. It was closed in 2005.
    (, 6/2/05, p.E8)

1967        Mar 2, At the 9th Grammy Awards: “Strangers in Night” by Frank Sinatra won Record of the Year and “Michele” by the Beatles won Song of the Year.

1967        May 20, BBC disc jockey Kenny Everett gave the official preview of Sgt Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band on the radio show Where It's At, broadcast on the BBC Light Program. He was unable to play the final track "A Day in the Life," which the BBC had banned a day earlier due to drug references.

1967        May 25, John Lennon took delivery of his psychedelic painted Rolls Royce. He had acquired the Phantom V on June 3, 1965.

1967        Jun 19, Beatle Paul McCartney, having admitted in Queen Magazine that he had taken LSD, repeated the admission on television.

1967        Jul 1, Beatles' "Sgt Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band," went #1 for 15 weeks.
    (MC, 7/1/02)

1967        Jul 7, Beatles' "All You Need is Love" was released.
    (MC, 7/7/02)

1967        Aug 19, Beatles' "All You Need is Love," single went #1.
    (MC, 8/19/02)

1967        Aug 25, Beatles went to Wales to study TM with Maharishi Mahesh Yogi.
    (MC, 8/25/02)

1967        Aug 27, Brian Epstein (32), manager of the Beatles, was found dead in his London flat from an overdose of sleeping pills.
    (AP, 8/27/97)

1967        Sep 11, The Beatles drove their Magical Mystery Bus around England.
    (MC, 9/11/01)

1967        Dec 26, BBC-1 television aired "Magical Mystery Tour," the Beatles' critically drubbed one-hour special.
    (AP, 12/26/07)

1968        Feb 16, Beatles George Harrison & John Lennon flew to India with their wives for transcendental meditation with the Maharishi Mahesh Yogi.

1968        May 14, The Beatles in NYC announced the formation of their Apple Corp.

1968        Jul 31, The Beatle's recorded Hey Jude.

1968        Sep 28, Beatles' "Hey Jude" single went #1 and stayed #1 for 9 weeks.

1968        Oct 14, The Beatles "White Album" was completed.

1968        Nov 22, Beatles released their "Beatles," (White Album) their only double album.

1968        Nov 28, In London, England, John Lennon and Yoko Ono appeared at the Marylebone Magistrates' Court. John pleaded guilty to possession of cannabis resin and was fined 150 pounds plus 20 guineas costs.

1968        Dec 28, The Beatles' "White Album," went #1 in the US, beginning this week, and stayed at the top for 9 weeks.

1969        Jan 3, police in Newark, NJ, confiscated 30,000 copies of the John Lennon, Yoko Ono album, Two Virgins. A nude photo of John and Yoko on the cover violated pornography laws in Jersey.

1969        Mar 12, Paul McCartney married Linda Eastman in London.
    (AP, 3/12/98)

1969        Mar 20, John Lennon married Yoko Ono in Gibraltar.
    (AP, 3/20/97)(HN, 3/20/98)

1969        Mar 25, John and Yoko Ono staged a bed-in for peace in Amsterdam.
    (HN, 3/24/98)

1969        May 31, John Lennon and Yoko Ono recorded "Give Peace a Chance" during their “Bed-In” at the Queen Elizabeth’s Hotel in Montreal.

1969        Jul 4, "Give Peace a Chance" by Plastic Ono Band was released in UK.

1968        Jul 17, Beatle's animated film "Yellow Submarine" premiered in London. The US premiere was on November 13.

1969        Sep 1, John Lennon returned his OBE (Officer of the British Empire) medal. He said it is to protest the British government’s involvement in Biafra, its support of the US in Vietnam and the poor chart performance of his latest single, “Cold Turkey.”

1969        Sep 13, John Lennon and his wife, Yoko Ono, presented the Plastic Ono Band in concert for the first time at the Toronto Peace Festival (Lennon's first in four years). The 1st hit by the new group, "Give Peace a Chance," made it to number 14 on the charts.

1969        Sep 26, The Beatles last album, "Abbey Road," was released in the United Kingdom. The last hit LP for the "fab four" zoomed quickly to the #1 spot on the charts and stayed there for 11 weeks.
    (, 9/26/99)(Beat. For., 1995, p. 58)

1970        Feb 26, Beatles released "Beatles Again," aka the "Hey Jude" album.

1970        Mar 6, The Beatles released "Let it Be" in UK.

1970        Apr 9, Paul McCartney announced the official split of the Beatles.
    (HN, 4/9/98)

1970        Apr 11, The Beatles' "Let It Be" single was released in the US and quickly went to #1.

1970        May 15, Beatles' last LP, "Let It Be," was released in US.
    (MC, 5/15/02)

1970        May 20, The Beatles movie "Let it Be" premiered in Britain. The documentary film was about a Beatles’ recording session.
    (SFEC, 3/8/98, DB p.47)(

1970        Jun 13, Beatles' "Let It Be," album went #1 & stayed #1 for 4 weeks.

1970        Nov 23, George Harrison released "My Sweet Lord" in the US.

1970        Nov 27, George Harrison released his solo album "All Things Must Pass." He became the 1st Beatle to have a solo No. 1 hit with "My Sweet Lord."
    (SFC, 12/1/01, p.D1)(

1970        Dec 31, Paul McCartney filed a lawsuit to dissolve the Beatles’ partnership.

1971        Jan 15, George Harrison’s "My Sweet Lord" was released in the UK. The US release was in 1970.

1971        Jan 29, "My Sweet Lord" by George Harrison hit #1 on UK pop chart.

1971        Mar 3, South African Broadcasting Corp lifted its ban on the Beatles.

1971        Aug 1, The Concert For Bangladesh, two benefit concerts organized by George Harrison and Ravi Shankar, played to a total of 40,000 people at Madison Square Garden.
    {Bangladesh, Pop&Rock, NYC, Beatles}

1971        Aug 3, Paul McCartney announced the formation of his group Wings.

1971        Aug 31, John Lennon left UK for NYC, never to return.

1971        Sep 9, John Lennon released his mega hit "Imagine" album in the US. It was released in Britain on October 8.

1971        Dec 10, John Lennon made a public appearance at a benefit concert for poet John Sinclair who was in jail for possession of marijuana. Three days later Sinclair was released.
    (SFEC, 7/21/96, DB p.35)

1972        Feb 25, Wings released "Give Ireland Back to the Irish." Paul and Linda McCartney wrote the song in response to the events of Bloody Sunday in Northern Ireland on January 30, 1972.  It was soon banned by the BBC.

1973        Mar 23, Yoko Ono was granted permanent residence in US. John Lennon was given a final order to leave the US within 60 days, while Yoko was allowed to remain indefinitely.

1973        May 25, George Harrison released "Give Me Love" in UK.

1973        Jun 1, Paul McCartney & Wings released "Live & Let Die"

1973        Oct 24, John Lennon sued the US government to admit FBI was tapping his phone.

1973        Dec 5, Paul McCartney released his "Band on the Run" album.

1974        Nov 28, John Lennon (1940-1980) made what would become his last concert appearance at an Elton John concert at New York's Madison Square Garden. Lennon joined Elton John to sing "Whatever Gets You Through the Night", "Lucy In The Sky With Diamonds", as well as "I Saw Her Standing There". Backstage, Lennon has a brief reunion with Yoko Ono, from whom he'd been separated for over a year.

1975        Mar 2, Linda McCartney (1941-1998) was arrested in Los Angeles with possession of marijuana.

1975        Oct 7, US decided John Lennon won't be deported due to UK pot conviction.

1976        Mar 26, Wings released "Wings at the Speed of Sound" album.
    (SS, 3/26/02)

1976        Jul 27, John Lennon was granted a green card for permanent residence in US.

1976        Aug 31, George Harrison (1943-2001) was found guilty of plagiarizing "My Sweet Lord."

1976        Nov 19, Patty Hearst was freed on $1.5 million bail. She returned to her family’s home at 1001 California St.
    (HN, 11/19/98)(SFC, 11/16/01, WB p.G4)

1977        May 25, "Beatles Live! At the Star-Club in Hamburg Germany" was released.
    (SC, 5/25/02)

1978        Apr 26, A version of Mark Twain’s "The Prince and the Pauper" appeared on TV with former Beatle, Ringo Star.
    {TV, Beatles, USA, Britain, Pop&Rock}
    ( Int’l., 4/26/97, p.3)

1978        Jul 24, The Beatles’ animated film "Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band" premiered in the US.

1979        Mar 23, Paul McCartney and Wings released "Goodnight Tonight."

1980        Jan 16, Paul McCartney was arrested in Tokyo for marijuana possession. He was released and deported on Jan 25.

1980        Jan 25, Paul McCartney  was released from Tokyo jail & deported.

1980        Sep 22, John Lennon signed with Geffen Records. The Lennon LP, "Double Fantasy", was released on Geffen. Lennon was  assassinated on December 8, 1980.

1980        Dec 8, John Lennon, musician and one of the Beatles, was shot and killed by Mark David Chapman outside his New York City apartment building. Chapman was a schizophrenic with the delusion that he himself was John. In 1984 Prof. Jonathan M. Wiener wrote a book on Lennon and later got the FBI to surrender its secret files on Lennon.
    (SFC, 9/25/97, p.A2)(AP, 12/8/97)

1981        Feb 6, Beatles McCartney, Starr & Harrison recorded "All Those Years Ago," a tribute to John Lennon.

1981        Feb 19, George Harrison was ordered to pay ABKCO Music $587,000 for "subconscious plagiarism" in "My Sweet Lord" with "He's So Fine." The word plagiarism derives from Latin roots: plagiarius, an abductor; and plagiare, to steal.  An example of plagiarism would be copying this definition and pasting it straight into a report. Plagiarism is a very ancient art. Shakespeare stole most of his historical plots directly from Holinshed. Laurence Sterne and Samuel Taylor Coleridge were both accused of plagiarism. Oscar Wilde was repeatedly accused of plagiarism, hence the celebrated exchange with Whistler: "I wish I'd said that, James." "Don't worry, Oscar, you will."
    ( News from Jake Sigg, 9/10/09)

1981        Aug 25,  Mark Chapman, John Lennon's murderer, was sentenced to 20 years.
    (, 8/25/01)

1982        Feb 21, Murray Kaufman (b.1922), NYC DJ also known as Murray the K, died. During the early days of Beatlemania, he was frequently referred to as "the Fifth Beatle."

1982        Mar 26, Paul McCartney and Stevie Wonder released "Ebony & Ivory" in the UK.
    (SS, 3/26/02)

1984        Jan 15, Police raided the vacation home of Paul and Linda McCartney (1941-1998) following a tip. Both were arrested on possession of cannabis.

1984        Mar 21, A ground-breaking ceremony was held as part of NYC’s Central Park was named Strawberry Fields honoring John Lennon.

1984        Apr 25, Rock group Wings disbanded.
    (SS, 4/25/02)

1986        Aug 29, The Beatles performed their last public concert. The San Francisco event at Candlestick Park drew some 24,000 people.
    (SSFC, 8/28/11, DB p.42)

1986        Sep 1, Paul McCartney released his "Press to Play" album.
    (SC, 9/1/02)

1987        Feb 26, British stores released the 1st Beatles compact discs.

1995        Nov 21-1995 Nov 28, In one week of sales, `The Beatles Anthology 1' beat sales record in the US: 855,473 copies. Previous record: Michael Jackson's `History', 391,000 copies.

1997        Mar 11, Rock star Paul McCartney was knighted by Queen Elizabeth II.
    (AP, 3/11/98)

1998        Apr 17, Linda McCartney (56), wife of former Beatle Paul McCartney, died in Santa Barbara, Ca. Santa Barbara claimed no record and it was later determined that she died in Arizona.
    (SFC, 4/20/98, p.A1)(SFC, 4/23/98, p.A1)(SFC, 4/24/98, p.A1)(AP, 4/19/99)

2001        Nov 29, George Harrison (b.1943), lead guitarist for the Beatles, died of cancer in LA. His ashes were scattered in the Ganges Dec 4.
    (SFC, 11/30/01, p.A1)(SFC, 12/4/01, p.A2)(NW, 12/31/01, p.109)

2008        Mar 17, A judge awarded Heather Mills a total of $48.6 million in the financial settlement of her divorce from former Beatle Paul McCartney. This was a fifth of what she had demanded.
    (AP, 3/17/08)(Econ, 3/22/08, p.65)

2008        Mar 24, Neil Aspinall (b.1941)), Beatle associate and boss of Apple Corps, died in NYC.
    (Econ, 4/5/08, p.90)(

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