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December 9

Neil Innes is born in Danbury, England.

Brian is ordered into the Army, conscripted for National Service.


The Beatles perform in a "Battle Of The Bands" at Palais Ballroom, Queens Road, Aldershot, Hampshire.

Brian takes Martin to the Cavern, to let him see the Beatles live for the first time.

Concert at the Odeon, Southend ("The Beatles Autumn Tour").

Appearance on BBC-TV's "Top Of The Pops".

Concert at the Odeon, Birmingham.

Australian single release: "We Can Work It Out"/"Day Tripper" (Parlophone A 8183).

Studio 2. 2:30-10:00pm. Recording: "Strawberry Fields Forever" (tape reduction from edit of takes 15, 24 into take 25, overdub onto take 25). Mono mixing: "Strawberry Fields Forever" (remix 4, from take 25). Recording: "Strawberry Fields Forever" (overdub onto take 25). Producer: George Martin; Engineer: Geoff Emerick; 2nd Engineer: Phil McDonald.

UK album release: A Collection Of Beatles Oldies (Parlophone PCS 7016).


Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band number 1, 19th week (Australia Kent Music Report).

"Hello, Goodbye" number 2 (Dutch Top 40).

"Yesterday" covered by Ray Charles number 38 (Dutch Top 40).

At the Kolnischer Kunstverein in Cologne, West Germany, the exhibition of Yoko's work "Happening And Fluxus" is shown.

John and Yoko fly to Ann Arbor, Michigan for the benefit concert to aid John Sinclair.

"Hi, Hi, Hi" number 1 (Dutch Tipparade).

A petition is organized by Radio Luxembourg to grant a pardon from the Queen for John's 1968 drug conviction. John is interviewed, via telephone, by DJ Tony Prince.


US album release: Dark Horse (Apple SMAS 3418).

In the US, Ringo is awarded a gold disc by the RIAA.

In Los Angeles, John makes a surprise appearance on the ABC TV program "Monday Night Football". John gives a brief interview to Howard Cosell, giving his thoughts on American football, the crowds, an up-in-the-air answer on a Beatles reunion and ends with a plug for his album Walls And Bridges and Ringo's album Goodnight Vienna.

The Lennons buy a Renoir valued at at least half a million dollars.

UK album release: Scouse The Mouse (Polydor 2480429).

Additional recording sessions for London Town LP, at Abbey Road Studios.

In the US, the ABC TV program "Midnight Special" airs the promo video for Paul's "Mull Of Kintyre".

Wings perform in concert at the Empire Pool, Wembley, England ("Wings UK Tour").

12:10am. In New York, Dr. Stephan Lynn faces the press to inform them that John was dead on arrival. Extensive resuscitative efforts were made with no success.

2:00am. Twentieth Precinct. Chief of Decetives, James T. Sullivan, holds a press conference.

5:00am. At Friar Park, George receives a call from his sister Louise that John has been shot.

In Poole, Dorset, Aunt Mimi wakes up when she hears John's name mentioned on the BBC World Service radio brodcast. Neil Aspinall phones her but can't bring himself to tell her. She returns to the radio and learns the shocking news.

In the US, Richard Lester, director of the Beatles' first two movies, appears on the NBC TV show "Today".

Ringo and Barbara arrive at the Dakota to comfort Yoko and Sean. As they leave the Dakota, John's first son Julian arrives.

UK TV is rearranged to broadcast tributes to John. BBC1 airs the "Nationwide" tribute and the Beatles' film "Help!". On BBC2, the Radio One DJ Anne Nightingale presents a special "Old Grey Whistle Test" tribute.

Philip Norman, author of "Shout!", is a guest on the BBC1 program "Pebble Mill".

Ringo records the narration for 26 more episodes of "Thomas The Tank Engine And Friends".

In Los Angeles, the Linda exhibition "Photographs" is displayed at the Molly Barnes Gallery.

In the US, part one of the CBS musical film "Alice In Wonderland" premieres, featuring Ringo as the Mock Turtle, singing the song "Nonsense".

The "Beatle City" exhibition runs at the West End marketplace in Dallas, Texas.

A pre-recorded interview with George is broadcast on the German ZDF TV program "P.I.T."

Paul's concert at the Montreal Forum, Quebec, Canada ("Get Back Tour").

George and Eric Clapton perform in concert at Fukouka Kokusai International Center Hall, Fukouka ("Tour Of Japan").

In London, the exhibition by Bob Whittaker, accompaning his book "The Unseen Beatles", is on display at the Photographer's Gallery in Great Newport Gallery.

At his home studios in Sussex, Paul and his band resume recording sessions for Off The Ground.

In the US, the Disney Channel airs its "Eight Days A Week Tribute To The Beatles".

In Universal City, California, George receives the first "Billboard" Magazine Century Award.


Anthology 1 number 1, 1st week in the Top 200 (US Billboard).

In the UK, the "Guardian" newspaper publishes an interview with Linda, promoting "Roadworks", in The Week section.

At the Museum of Modern Art in Oxford, Yoko's art exhibition "Have You Seen The Horizon Lately" is on display.


1 number 1 (European Music & Media).


Love number 1 (European Music & Media).

Paul performs in concert at Arnhem, Gelredome, Netherlands.

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