(Friday, August 11, 1972) — Paul McCartney and his group Wings performed today at Olympen in Lund, Sweden, the 16th stop of their 25-city Wings Over Europe Tour, McCartney’s first of Continental Europe since The Beatles made a three-city swing through Germany in June 1966.
(Saturday, August 11, 1962) — Breaking Up Is Hard to Do by Neil Sedaka peaked at #1 on today’s Billboard’s Hot 100 singles chart for two weeks (August 11/18, 1962).
(Saturday, August 11, 1962) — Twist and Shout by The Isley Brothers peaked at #17 on today’s Billboard’s Hot 100 singles chart for one week.
(Saturday, August 11, 1962) — Route 66 Theme by Nelson Riddle peaked at #30 on today’s Billboard’s Hot 100 singles chart for one week.
Video: 'Wake Island' trailer
(Tuesday, August 11, 1942) — Wake Island, a film about the United States military garrison on Wake Island and the onslaught by the Japanese following the attack on Pearl Harbor, opened today in the U.S.
Directed by John Farrow, the film stars Brian Donlevy, Robert Preston and William Bendix.
Video: '1962: Vostok 3 and 4 (USSR)'
(Saturday, August 11, 1962, 4:24 a.m. EDT) — Andrian Nikolayev today became the Soviet Union’s third cosmonaut to fly in space as Vostok 3 lifted off from Gagarin’s Start at Baikonur Cosmodrome at atop a Vostok 8K72K rocket.