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The Beatles 50 Years Ago Today : Saturday, November 9, 1963

Granada Cinema, East Ham, London

Backstage before the show, with news hot from EMI, George Martin announced to the Beatles that their forthcoming single, "I Want To Hold Your Hand", looked likely to sell one million copies in advance of release. Later on, still before the release date, sales did actually top the million mark - the first time this feat had been acheived in Britain.

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