The Beatles' fifth UK single was an instant smash, with pre-orders of more than a million copies.
Within a week of its release, I Want To Hold Your Hand had reached the number one spot in the singles chart, displacing She Loves You. At that point The Beatles held numbers one and two in both the album and singles chart.
More significantly, the success of I Want To Hold Your Hand proved to doubters that The Beatles were no flash in the pan. It finally made America sit up and listen, paving the way for the British invasion of 1964.
Also on this day...
- 2012: Paul McCartney live at Rexall Place, Edmonton, Canada
- 2001: George Harrison dies
- 1968: UK album release: Two Virgins by John Lennon and Yoko Ono
- 1967: Editing: Christmas Time (Is Here Again)
- 1966: Recording, mixing: Strawberry Fields Forever
- 1965: Radio: Saturday Club
- 1964: John Lennon appears on Not Only… But Also
- 1963: Live: ABC Cinema, Huddersfield
- 1962: Live: Majestic Ballroom, Birkenhead
- 1961: Live: Cavern Club, Liverpool (evening)
- 1961: Live: Cavern Club, Liverpool (lunchtime)
- 1960: Paul McCartney and Pete Best are arrested in Hamburg
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