With The Beatles 1963 UK albumWith the Beatles‘ was released on Friday, November 22, 1963, the day US president John F. Kennedy was assassinated in Dallas, Texas. On the same date, The Beatles performed a concert at the Globe Theatre in Stockton on Tees, England. ‘With the Beatles’ was the band’s second UK album and it was recorded four months after their first album, ‘Please Please Me’.

Here’s a gazettelive.co.uk article about that date: The Beatles and a night to remember. Friday November 22, 1963

Young George Harrison with GuitarGeorge Harrison was born in Liverpool, England, on February 25, 1943, to Louise (née French), a Liverpool shop assistant, and Harold Hargreaves Harrison, a bus conductor. George was the last of four children, and he was born in the house where he lived for his first six years: 12 Arnold Grove, Wavertree, Liverpool.

Cynthia and John LennonJohn Lennon was the first Beatle to marry when he wed Cynthia Powell on August 23, 1962, at the Mount Pleasant Register office in Liverpool. They decided to marry after finding out Cynthia was pregnant with Julian. For a while, John hid the fact that he was married and had a child, fearing there might be a backlash from female fans knowing their idol was “taken.” As it turns out, when his status as a family man was revealed it didn’t affect his popularity with fans.

John and Cynthia would later divorce in 1968.

Beatles 5 singles on Billboard Top 100During the week of April 4, 1964, “Can’t Buy Me Love”, “Twist and Shout”, “She Loves You”, “I Want to Hold Your Hand”, and “Please Please Me” occupied the top five spots simultaneously on the Billboard Hot 100. To date, this achievement has never been matched by any other artist.

In addition to these five singles, seven of their other songs held various lower positions on the Billboard Hot 100 singles chart during this same period. They were: “I Saw Her Standing There”, “You Can’t Do That”, “All My Loving”, “Roll Over Beethoven”, “From Me To You”, “Do You Want To Know A Secret”, and “Thank You Girl”.

“Twist and Shout” has the distinction of being the only cover song recorded by The Beatles to become a million-selling single.