The single hit the charts by 29 September 1965, and from 9 October spent four weeks at number one. Altogether it spent 11 weeks on the charts, and sold over one million copies in the first five weeks.
Yesterday also became the most-played song on American radio for eight consecutive years, sealing its status as one of The Beatles' most popular songs.
Also on this day...
- 2010: Lennon handwritten note goes on sale
- 1969: Plastic Ono Band live at the Toronto Rock and Roll Revival festival
- 1968: Recording: Glass Onion
- 1967: Filming: Magical Mystery Tour
- 1965: Zak Starkey is born
- 1964: Live: Civic Center, Baltimore
- 1963: Live: Public Hall, Preston
- 1962: Live: Riverpark Ballroom, Chester
- 1962: Live: Cavern Club, Liverpool (lunchtime)
- 1961: Live: Cavern Club, Liverpool (evening)
- 1961: Live: Cavern Club, Liverpool (lunchtime)
- 1960: Live: Indra Club, Hamburg
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