The Beatles’ second film Help! had its royal première at the London Pavilion, Piccadilly Circus, London.
Ten thousand fans gathered outside to see the group arrive in a black Rolls-Royce. Inside the Pavilion they met Princess Margaret and Lord Snowdon, who had delayed their summer holiday for the event.
After the screening The Beatles attended a party at the Orchid Room of the Dorchester Hotel.
As the première was taking place Help! went on general release in a number of seaside towns across England, including Barnstaple, Brighton, Clacton, Lowestoft, Plymouth, Ramsgate, Weymouth and Working.
The BBC television show Top Of The Pops also showed a clip from the film on this evening.
Also on this day...
- 1969: Recording: Come Together, Sun King, Mean Mr Mustard
- 1968: Recording: Hey Jude
- 1967: George Harrison returns to England from Greece
- 1966: Datebook republishes John Lennon’s ‘Jesus’ comments
- 1964: Live: Johanneshovs Isstadion, Stockholm, Sweden
- 1961: Live: Blair Hall, Liverpool
- 1957: Paul McCartney goes to Scout camp
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