Category Archives: 1960s

Beatle Harrison, wife charged with cannabis possession 50 years ago #OnThisDay #OTD (Mar 18 1969)


Video: 'George Harrison and his wife Pattie Boyd pose for photographers outside their home'

(Tuesday, March 18, 1969) — Six days after their home was raided for drugs by the infamous Sgt. Norman Pilcher, George Harrison of The Beatles and his wife Pattie, were formally charged with cannabis possession today at a hearing at Esher and Walton Magistrates’ Court. Continue reading Beatle Harrison, wife charged with cannabis possession 50 years ago #OnThisDay #OTD (Mar 18 1969)

Operation Menu: Covert bombing of Cambodia by U.S. planes begins 50 years ago #OnThisDay #OTD (Mar 18 1969)


Video: 'Vietnam: A Television History - Cambodia and Laos [8/11]' (Operation Menu at 16:38)

(Tuesday, March 18, 1969, evening local time; during the Vietnam War, part of the Cambodian Civil War, part of the Indochina Wars and the Cold War)Operation Menu, a covert U.S. bombing campaign conducted in eastern Cambodia on sanctuaries and Base Areas of the North Vietnamese Army and forces of the Viet Cong, began tonight with a raid by 60 B-52 Stratofortress bombers, based at Andersen Air Force Base, Guam. Continue reading Operation Menu: Covert bombing of Cambodia by U.S. planes begins 50 years ago #OnThisDay #OTD (Mar 18 1969)

Newlyweds Paul and Linda McCartney arrive in New York 50 years ago #OnThisDay #OTD (Mar 17 1969)


Video: 'Paul McCartney marries Linda Eastman, 1969' (Mar. 17, 1969, at 2:01-2:55)

(Monday, March 17, 1969) — Five days after they were married in London, Paul McCartney of The Beatles and his wife Linda Eastman arrived at New York’s John F. Kennedy Airport today to begin a two-week honeymoon that included time spent with Eastman’s family. Continue reading Newlyweds Paul and Linda McCartney arrive in New York 50 years ago #OnThisDay #OTD (Mar 17 1969)

Janis Joplin performs on ‘The Ed Sullivan Show’ 50 years ago this hour #OnThisDay #OTD (Mar 16 1969)


Video: 'Janis Joplin performs "Raise Your Hand" Live on Ed Sullivan 1969 HD'

(Sunday, March 16, 1969, 8:00-9:00 p.m. EST) — Janis Joplin performed “Raise Your Hand” and “Maybe” on tonight’s edition of the CBS-TV variety show The Ed Sullivan Show live from the Ed Sullivan Theater in New York City. Continue reading Janis Joplin performs on ‘The Ed Sullivan Show’ 50 years ago this hour #OnThisDay #OTD (Mar 16 1969)

‘Dizzy’ by Tommy Roe peaks at #1 in USA 50 years ago #OnThisDay #OTD (Mar 15 1969)

(Saturday, March 15, 1969)“Dizzy” by Tommy Roe peaked at #1 on today’s Billboard Hot 100 singles chart for four consecutive weeks (Mar. 15/22/29, Apr. 5, 1969). Continue reading ‘Dizzy’ by Tommy Roe peaks at #1 in USA 50 years ago #OnThisDay #OTD (Mar 15 1969)

‘Tear Drop City’ by The Monkees peaks at #56 in USA 50 years ago #OnThisDay #OTD (Mar 15 1969)

(Saturday, March 15, 1969)“Tear Drop City” by The Monkees peaked at #56 on today’s Billboard Hot 100 singles chart for two weeks. Continue reading ‘Tear Drop City’ by The Monkees peaks at #56 in USA 50 years ago #OnThisDay #OTD (Mar 15 1969)

‘Maybe Tomorrow’ by The Iveys peaks at #67 in USA 50 years ago #OnThisDay #OTD (Mar 15 1969)

(Saturday, March 15, 1969)“Maybe Tomorrow” by The Iveys, released on The Beatles’ label Apple Records, peaked at #67 on today’s Billboard Hot 100 singles chart for one week. Continue reading ‘Maybe Tomorrow’ by The Iveys peaks at #67 in USA 50 years ago #OnThisDay #OTD (Mar 15 1969)

Beatle George Harrison’s home raided by Drugs Squad 50 years ago #OnThisDay #OTD (Mar 12 1969)


Video: 'The Beatles Anthology - 8.' (Mar. 12, 1969, at 54:42)

(Wednesday, March 12, 1969) — Beatle George Harrison and his wife Patti were arrested today in a raid by the notorious Sgt Norman Pilcher of the Drugs Squad on their home at Esher, Surrey, on charges of possession of marijuana

Pilcher’s squad took a large piece of hashish with them, to make sure they were able to make a charge. They claimed to have found the piece in one of Harrison’s shoes during the raid.

The Harrisons posted bond and were released.

Pilcher had previously busted Mick Jagger, Eric Clapton and Beatle John Lennon, and had particularly focused on The Rolling Stones’ Brian Jones.

He became infamous for vigorously targeting pop musicians, and it was widely believed that he framed a number of celebrities or zealously carried out raids in order to become famous in the tabloid press.

Beatle Paul McCartney marries Linda Eastman 50 years ago #OnThisDay #OTD (Mar 12 1969)


Video: 'Paul McCartney's marriage to Linda Eastman 1969 HD'

(Wednesday, March 12, 1969, morning BST) — Paul McCartney, 26, became the last member of The Beatles to get married as he and American photographer Linda Eastman, 27, participated in a civil ceremony today at the registrar’s office in London’s Marylebone district. Continue reading Beatle Paul McCartney marries Linda Eastman 50 years ago #OnThisDay #OTD (Mar 12 1969)

McCartney, Harrison produce next Jackie Lomax single 50 years ago #OnThisDay #OTD (Mar 11 1969)


Video: 'Thumbin' A Ride (Remastered 2010 / Bonus Track)'

(Tuesday, March 11, 1969) — Paul McCartney and George Harrison of The Beatles produced Jackie Lomax’s second single for Apple tonight at Apple’s basement studio in the band’s Savile Row headquarters in London, with McCartney playing drums/playing guitar parts and Harrison on guitar on a cover version of The Coasters’ “Thumbin’ A Ride.” Continue reading McCartney, Harrison produce next Jackie Lomax single 50 years ago #OnThisDay #OTD (Mar 11 1969)