Live: Sydney Stadium, Sydney

6.00pm, Friday 19 June 1964 (49 years ago)

The Beatles gave two performances on the second of their three-night residency at the Sydney Stadium. Each concert was seen by 12,000 fans.

Sydney Stadium was the city’s only large-capacity concert venue at the time. It stood on the corner of New South Head Road and Neild Avenue, Rushcutters Bay, but was demolished in 1973 to make way for the Eastern Suburbs Railway. A commemorative plaque now marks the former site.

Back in England, extracts from John Lennon‘s In His Own Write were read out in the House of Commons by Conservative MP Charles Curran. The politician disdainfully noted that: “He has a feeling for words and story telling, and yet he is in a state of pathetic near literacy.” However, a fellow Conservative MP, Norman Miscampbell, defended Lennon in the parliamentary exchange.

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