John Lennon, Paul McCartney and Pete Best flew out of Manchester destined for Germany on this day, for their first residency at the Star-Club in Hamburg.
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John Lennon was given £100 ahead of his 21st birthday on 9 October 1961. He and Paul McCartney decided to travel to Spain for a holiday. In the end they went no further than Paris.
Following their second residency in Hamburg, at the Top Ten Club, The Beatles travelled back to Liverpool on 2 and 3 July.
Stuart Sutcliffe had flown alone to Hamburg on 15 March 1961. While there he and his fiancee Astrid Kirchherr cleared some administrative paperwork to enable The Beatles to return to the city to perform.
Stuart Sutcliffe flew to Hamburg without the other Beatles on this day to spend time with his fiancee Astrid Kirchherr.
Several weeks after George Harrison, Paul McCartney, Pete Best and John Lennon had returned to England from Germany, Stuart Sutcliffe flew back on this day.
Ten days after Paul McCartney and Pete Best had been deported from Germany, John Lennon travelled back to England by train and boat.
The second major phase in The Beatles' story was about to begin. On 16 August 1960 they embarked on the journey from Liverpool to Hamburg, Germany.