(Saturday, July 30, 1966) — “5D (Fifth Dimension)” by The Byrds peaked at #44 on today’s Billboard Hot 100 singles chart for two weeks.
(Saturday, July 30, 1966) — “Drive My Car” by Bob Kuban and The In-Men (written by John Lennon and Paul McCartney of The Beatles) peaked at #93 on today’s Billboard Hot 100 singles chart for one week.
Video: 'Black Tom Island Explosion'
(Sunday, July 30, 1916, 2:08 a.m. local time; during World War I) — German saboteurs today blew up a munitions plant on Black Tom, an island near Jersey City, New Jersey, killing seven people and injuries hundreds of others. Continue reading German saboteurs blow up munitions plant in New Jersey 100 years ago this hour #OnThisDay #OTD (July 30 1916)
(Friday, July 29, 1966) — The American teen magazine Datebook today republished John Lennon’s remarks that “The Beatles are more popular than Jesus,” which had first appeared in England on March 4, 1966, in an interview for the Evening Standard newspaper by journalist Maureen Cleave.
The republication of the Lennon quote in Datebook would set off a chain of events that would culminate in public bonfires of The Beatles’ records and a public backlash that at times made the group fearful for their lives,
Video: 'DAVID BERKOWITZ "THE SON OF SAM" - Serial Killer Killers Crime Biography (full documentary)' (July 29, 1976, at 18:52)
(Thursday, July 29, 1976, 1:10 a.m. EDT) — The first of eight shootings ascribed to the serial killer known as “Son of Sam” (or the “.44 Caliber Killer”) occurred early this morning in the Pelham Bay area of the Bronx, New York City’s northernmost borough, as a gunman killed 18-year-old Donna Lauria and wounded her friend, 19-year-old Jody Valenti, as the pair sat in Valenti’s Oldsmobile.
Video: 'Scoop' trailer
(Friday, July 28, 2006) — Scoop, an American-British romantic comedy/murder mystery film about an American journalism student in London who scoops a big story and begins an affair with an aristocrat as the incident unfurls, opened in 538 American movie theaters today.
Directed by Woody Allen, the film starred Allen, Hugh Jackman, Scarlett Johansson and Ian McShane.
(Saturday, July 28, 1956) — “I Almost Lost My Mind” by Pat Boone peaked at #1 on today’s Billboard Most Played in Jukeboxes chart for four consecutive weeks (July 28, Aug. 4/11/18, 1956).
(Saturday, July 28, 1956) — “I Want You, I Need You, I Love You” by Elvis Presley peaked at #1 on today’s Billboard Best Sellers in Stores chart for one week.
It was Presley’s second of 18 number one hits on the national pop charts (1956-1969).
(Saturday, July 28, 1956) — “Be-Bop-A-Lula” by Gene Vincent and His Blue Caps peaked at #7 on today’s Billboard Best Sellers in Stores chart for three weeks.
The song is listed as #103 on Rolling Stone‘s “500 Greatest Songs of All Time.”
Video: 'Mary, Mary (2006 Remastered)'
(Wednesday, July 27, 1966, 7:00 p.m.-midnight PDT) — The Monkees recorded “Mary, Mary” “Sweet Young Thing” and an early version of “You Just May Be the One” today in Hollywood. Continue reading The Monkees finish recording three songs 50 years ago this hour #OnThisDay #OTD (July 27 1966)