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Today in Beatles History: December 30

Posted by **Stephen** on Dec 30, 2017 at 4:29:11 PM:

1961 - The Beatles perform at the Cavern Club - a night show.

1962 - The Beatles perform at the Star-Club, Hamburg, West Germany.

1963 - The Beatles perform at the Astoria Cinema, Finsbury Park, London. Appearing in two performances of "The Beatles' Christmas Show".

1964 - The Beatles put on two performances of "Another Beatles Christmas Show" at the Hammersmith Odeon in London.

1966 - The Beatles in the recording studio (Studio Two, EMI Studios, London). Work continues on "Penny Lane". Take six and overdubs are reduced into take seven, onto which Paul's lead vocal, and John's backing vocal, are taped.

1967 - "Hello Goodbye" becomes the #1 single in the US (Billboard).

1969 - The ITV television program, "Man of the Decade", is broadcast. John Lennon is one of the three persons selected, along with John F. Kennedy and Ho Chi Minh (Ray Coleman and Allen Wiener report it was Mao Tse-tung).

1996 - It is announced that Paul McCartney will become the first Beatle to be honored with knighthood, and that he will henceforth be known as Sir Paul McCartney. Paul accepts the honor "on behalf of all the people of Liverpool and the other Beatles, without whom it wouldn't have been possible. So I hope I can be worthy of it." George and Ringo jokingly refer to Paul as "His Holiness".

1999 - George Harrison is seriously wounded by an intruder who had broken into Harrison's home at Henley-on-Thames in the pre-dawn hours to kill him. During a struggle with the intruder, Harrison receives several stab wounds to the chest, one of which narrowly misses his heart and a major artery, but the knife does pierce and deflate George's right lung. Harrison's wife Olivia saves his life by striking the intruder with a poker and a table lamp, and she receives a number of cuts, scratches, and bruises during the lengthy life-or-death struggle. Harrison had thought he'd been fatally stabbed, but police arrive in time to prevent the intruder from inflicting a mortal wound upon Harrison. In November 2000 the intruder will be acquitted by reason of insanity and he will be committed indefinitely to a mental hospital. Harrison's request that he be notified should the intruder ever be released will be denied.

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