Audio: 'The Beatles - Pop Go The Beatles Episode 11'
(Thursday, August 1, 1963, 1:30-4:00 p.m. BST) — The Beatles taped episode 11 of the BBC Light Programme Pop Go The Beatles today at Playhouse Theatre in London. They performed Ooh! My Soul, Don’t Ever Change, Twist And Shout, their forthcoming single She Loves You, Anna (Go To Him) and A Shot Of Rhythm And Blues for broadcast on August 27, 1963, at 5:00 p.m.
Audio: 'The Beatles - Pop Go The Beatles Episode 12'
(Thursday, August 1, 1963, 4:00-6:00 p.m. BST) — The Beatles taped episode 12 of the BBC Light Programme Pop Go The Beatles today at Playhouse Theatre in London. They performed Lucille, From Me To You, I’ll Get You (missing here), Money (That’s What I Want), Baby It’s You, There’s A Place (this one was a rebroadcast of a July 2, 1963 recording), Honey Don’t and Roll Over Beethoven (however, Lucille and Baby It’s You were not used) for broadcast on Sept. 3, 1963, at 5:00 p.m.
Video: 'PT 109'
(Monday, August 2, 1943, 2:00 am local time; part of the Pacific Theater of World War II) — U.S. Navy boat PT-109, commanded by Lt. (jg) John F. Kennedy, 26, sank today after being rammed this morning by the Japanese destroyer Amagiri off the Solomon Islands. Two crew members were killed; Kennedy led the survivors to nearby islands until they could be rescued.
Video: 'American Graffiti' trailer
(Wednesday, August 1, 1973) — American Graffiti, a coming of age film about a couple of high school grads who spend one final night cruising the strip with their buddies before they go off to college, premiered today in the U.S.
Directed by George Lucas, the film also starred Richard Dreyfuss, Ron Howard, Paul Le Mat, Charles Martin Smith, Candy Clark, Mackenzie Phillips, Cindy Williams and Wolfman Jack.
Video: 'Kanter's Dept Store after Harlem Riots, 1943' (includes references to Aug. 1, 1943, riot at 0:54)
(Sunday, August 1, 1943, evening; during the African-American Civil Rights Movement (1896–1954) and World War II) — Rioting broke out today in Harlem, the mostly African-American section of New York City, after a white NYPD officer, James Collins, shot a black soldier, Private Robert Bandy, in the shoulder during a scuffle. Read more on Six African-Americans killed in Harlem Riot of 1943 70 years ago tonight (1943)…
Video: 'Hyannis Port, August 1963: 2-5'
(Friday, August 2, 1963, late afternoon) — In a scene captured on film and widely shown in future years, a military helicopter carrying U.S. President John F. Kennedy landed today on the lawn of the Kennedy house at Hyannis Port. Waiting for him are his children and Jackie, obviously pregnant with the couple’s third child and in a simple pink summer dress.
Video: 'Warren G. Harding: America's 29th President' (Aug. 2, 1923, at 12:48)
(Thursday, August 2, 1923, 7:30 p.m. Pacific Coast time, 10:30 p.m. EST) — Warren G. Harding, the 29th President of the United States, shuddered and died suddenly tonight of congestive heart failure during a conversation with his wife in the Palace Hotel’s presidential suite in San Francisco, California. Harding, who was 57, would be succeeded as president by Vice President Calvin Coolidge four hours later.
Video: '1923 Coolidge'
(Friday, August 3, 1923, 2:47 p.m. EST) — Calvin Coolidge, 29th Vice President of the United States, was sworn-in as the 30th President of the United States early this morning at his family home in Plymouth Notch, Vermont, succeeding to the presidency upon the passing of President Warren G. Harding, who had died of natural causes in San Francisco four hours and 17 minutes prior.
Coolidge’s father, John Calvin Coolidge, Sr., a notary public, administered the oath of office in the family’s parlor by the light of a kerosene lamp.
The vice presidency would remain vacant until the next presidential term began on March 4, 1925.
(Saturday, August 3, 1963) — The Beatles debuted on the American pop charts today when “From Me To You” appeared at #125 on Billboard‘s Bubbling Under the Hot 100 chart. The track would peak at #116 on Aug. 10, then fall out of the chart after only a total of three weeks.
The Beatles would not chart again in the U.S. until Jan. 18, 1964; “From Me To You” would be re-leased on Jan. 30, 1964 as the B-side to “Please Please Me” and returned to the chart on Feb. 22, 1964.