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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”.

US single release: Yesterday

Although The Beatles chose not to release Yesterday as a single in the UK, their US record label Capitol Records decided otherwise and released it with the b-side Act Naturally.

Travel: San Francisco to London

With their 1965 tour of North America complete, The Beatles flew back to London on the evening of 1 September. They landed at London Airport (later renamed Heathrow) the following morning.

Live: Cow Palace, San Francisco

The Beatles gave two performances at the Cow Palace in San Francisco on this day. It was the 10th and final stop on their 1965 tour of North America.

Live: Hollywood Bowl, Los Angeles

This was The Beatles’ third and final concert at the Hollywood Bowl in Los Angeles, California, following performances on 23 August 1964 and 29 August 1965.

Live: Hollywood Bowl, Los Angeles

The Beatles had performed a triumphant show at Los Angeles’ Hollywood Bowl on 23 August 1964. A little over a year later, they returned for two further sell-out shows.

Live: Balboa Stadium, San Diego

Following a five-day break at a Beverly Hills mansion belonging to Zsa Zsa Gabor, The Beatles’ 1965 North American tour resumed on this day with a concert at the Balboa Stadium in San Diego, California.

Live: Atlanta Stadium

The Beatles’ only visit to Atlanta lasted around 10 hours, but was remarkable for one key reason: monitor speakers on the stage allowed them to hear themselves play – a rarity during the whirlwind of Beatlemania.

Day off in New York

This day had initially been set aside as a rain check date for The Beatles’ concert at Shea Stadium the previous day. Fortunately the weather remained good, allowing them a rest day in New York City.

The Beatles’ fourth Ed Sullivan Show

The Beatles had wowed US television audiences during their first three appearances on The Ed Sullivan Show, recorded in February 1964 during their first American visit. On this day they made a fourth and final appearance.

Travel: London to New York

The Beatles left England at midday to fly to America to begin their second tour of the United States.

US single release: Ticket To Ride

Ticket To Ride, The Beatles’ ninth Capitol Records single, was the first release from the Help! album sessions. It was issued as Capitol 5407, with Yes It Is on the b-side.

US album release: The Early Beatles

Capitol Records were still keen to wring as much money as possible out of Beatles fans in America, leading to the release of The Early Beatles in March 1965.

US album release: Beatles ’65

The Beatles’ fifth album on Capitol Records included the majority of songs from Beatles For Sale, and added I’ll Be Back, She’s A Woman and I Feel Fine.