1966

Live: Mid-South Coliseum, Memphis

The eighth date of The Beatles’ final tour took place at the Mid-South Coliseum, Memphis, Tennessee, where they performed two concerts.

Live: Suffolk Downs Racetrack, Boston

The seventh date of The Beatles’ final tour took place at the Suffolk Downs Racetrack in Boston, Massachusetts, where they gave one concert before 25,000 people.

Live: John F Kennedy Stadium, Philadelphia

The fifth date of The Beatles’ final tour took place in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, where they performed one concert before around 20,000 people at the John F Kennedy Stadium.

Live: DC Stadium, Washington, DC

The fourth date of The Beatles’ final tour took place in Washington, DC, where they performed one concert before 32,164 people at the DC Stadium.

Live: Olympia Stadium, Detroit

The second date of The Beatles’ final North American tour saw them perform two shows, at 2pm and 7pm, before a total of 28,000 fans at Detroit’s Olympia Stadium. They had previously performed at the venue on 6 September 1964.

Press conference: Astor Tower Hotel, Chicago

The day after their arrival in America for their final US tour, The Beatles held a second press conference at the Astor Tower Hotel, Chicago. Inevitably it was dominated with questions about John Lennon‘s comments that The Beatles’ were “more popular than Jesus“.

US album release: Revolver

Revolver, The Beatles’ 11th Capitol Records long player, was issued on this day, three days after its UK release on Parlophone.

Brian Epstein holds a press conference

In an attempt to defuse the controversy surrounding John Lennon‘s comments that The Beatles were “more popular than Jesus“, the group’s manager Brian Epstein held a special press conference.

UK album release: Revolver

On the same day that The Beatles released their double a-side single Eleanor Rigby/Yellow Submarine, their seventh UK LP – Revolver was also issued.