1966

Datebook republishes John Lennon’s ‘Jesus’ comments

Setting off a chain of events that would culminate in public bonfires of The Beatles’ records and a public backlash that at times made the group fearful for their lives, the US teen magazine Datebook on this day republished John Lennon’s remarks that “The Beatles are more popular than Jesus”.

UK EP release: Nowhere Man

Although the Rubber Soul album had been on sale for more than six months, Parlophone on this day issued a mono EP containing four songs from it.

The Beatles’ first trip to India

The day after their troubled trip to the Philippines came to an end, The Beatles arrived in India for the first time, following a brief refueling stop in Bangkok, early in the morning of 6 July 1966.

The Beatles leave the Philippines

The Beatles had never intended to snub the Philippines’ First Lady, Imelda Marcos, on the day of their two concerts in Manila. However, on this day they awoke to chaotic scenes as a result of the misunderstanding.

Live: Nippon Budokan Hall, Tokyo

The Beatles performed their last two shows at the Nippon Budokan Hall in Tokyo, Japan on this day. They performed five times in total at the venue over three days.

Live: Nippon Budokan Hall, Tokyo

The Beatles’ long journey to Tokyo ended with their arrival at Haneda Airport at 3.40am on this morning. In the evening they played the first of five concerts at the Nippon Budokan Hall.

Travel: Alaska to Tokyo

Following The Beatles’ unscheduled nine-hour stop in Anchorage, Alaska, their long journey to Tokyo continued.

Live: Ernst Merck Halle, Hamburg

The Beatles hadn’t been to Hamburg since 1 January 1963, following their final residency at the city’s Star-Club venue. On this day, however, they were greeting as conquering heroes by an adoring crowd.

Live: Grugahalle, Essen, Germany

In the morning The Beatles were driven in a fleet of Mercedes cars, flanked by police on motorcycles, to Munich railway station. From there a special train took The Beatles from Munich to Essen for two shows at the Grugahalle.

Live: Circus-Krone-Bau, Munich, Germany

The Beatles’ brief 1966 tour of West Germany, Japan and the Philippines began on this day, with two concerts at the Circus-Krone-Bau in Munich, Germany.

Recording, mixing: She Said She Said

Studio Two, EMI Studios, Abbey Road Producer: George Martin Engineer: Geoff Emerick Having spent much of the day working on mono and stereo mixes for six Revolver songs, The Beatles began a night-time session in which they completed a new song from scratch.