Daily Archives: August 18, 2012

Allies launch disasterous raid on Dieppe 70 years ago this hour (1942)


Video: Dieppe Raid (at 1:58)

(Wednesday, August 19, 1942, 5 a.m. local time, part of the North West Europe Campaign of World War II) — An Allied force of 7,000 men today carried out a large daytime raid against German positions at the French seaport of Dieppe, suffering more than 50 percent casualties. Continue reading Allies launch disasterous raid on Dieppe 70 years ago this hour (1942)

Ringo Starr debuts as permanent drummer of The Beatles 50 years ago this hour (1962)


Video: Ringo Starr joins The Beatles (at 7:16)

(Saturday, August 18, 1962, 10 p.m. local time) — The Beatles as the world would know them are born tonight as Richard Starkey, better known by his stage name Ringo Starr, debuted as a permanent member of the group, the closing attraction in the local Horticultural Society’s 17th annual dance at Hulme Hall in Birkenhead.

Lennon begins rehearsals for ‘One to One’ benefit concerts 40 years ago today (1972)


Video: Lennon rehearsing (Aug. 18-26, 1972); audio: 'It's So Hard' (probably recorded Aug. 18, 1972)

(Friday, August 18, 1972) — Ex-Beatle John Lennon began rehearsing today at Butterfly Studios in New York City for the “One to One” benefit concerts for children with mental challenges, scheduled for Madison Square Garden on Aug. 30. Continue reading Lennon begins rehearsals for ‘One to One’ benefit concerts 40 years ago today (1972)

‘Your Heart Belongs to Me’ by The Supremes peaks at #95 in USA 50 years ago today (1962)

(Saturday, August 18, 1962)Your Heart Belongs to Me by The Supremes (Diana Ross, Mary Wilson, Florence Ballard and Barbara Martin, who quit shortly after making this record) peaked at #95 on today’s Billboard’s Hot 100 singles chart for one week. It was the group’s first of 45 appearances on the chart (1962-1976), including 31 with Ross (1962-1969) as lead vocalist.