Daily Archives: October 16, 2013

The Beatles perform for BBC radio’s ‘Easy Beat’ 50 years ago this hour (1963)


Audio: 'The Beatles - Easy Beat (20th October 1963)'

(Wednesday, October 16, 1963, 9:00 p.m.-10:00 p.m. BST) — The Beatles taped their fourth and final session for the BBC Light Programme Easy Beat tonight at Playhouse Theatre in London. They played I Saw Her Standing There and their four EMI singles in order: Love Me Do, Please Please Me, From Me To You and She Loves You, for broadcast on Oct. 20, 1963, at 10:31 a.m.

Marie Antoinette, the queen of France, is beheaded 220 years ago today (1793)


Video: Marie Antoinette: The Last Queen of France (parts 1-12)

(Wednesday, September 18, 1793, 12:15 p.m. local time; during the French Revolution) — Marie Antoinette, widow of Louis XVI and convicted by the National Convention for treason to the principles of the French Revolution, was guillotined today at the Place de la Révolution (present-day Place de la Concorde) in Paris. She was 37.