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The Beatles 50 Years Ago Today: July 11, 1965 (Sunday)

Buckingham Palace announces that the Beatles are to be awarded the MBE (Members of the British Empire) award by Queen Elizabeth II, an award traditionally only presented to upper-crust members of the community. The press embargo restricting publication of the Queen's Birthday Honours list was lifted during the evening, to allow the next day's newspapers to carry the news.

The Beatles were nominated for the award by prime minister Harold Wilson, who was also member of parliament for Huyton, Merseyside. It was widely seen as an attempt by Wilson to appear in touch with the younger generation, although at the time the voting age was 21.

McCartney was interviewed by Ronald Burns on the telephone for the BBC radio show Late Night News Extra, which also carried an interview between Epstein and the BBC's Peter Haigh. The programme was broadcast that night between 10.35pm and 11.30pm.

 

The Beatles 50 Years Ago Today: July 10, 1965 (Saturday)

The Beatles' "VI" album (there 7th Capital Records release) goes #1 and stays at #1 for 6 weeks! 

 

Source: historyorb.com

The Beatles 50 Years Ago Today: July 9, 1965 (Friday)

No news to report for today in Beatles history. 

The Beatles 50 Years Ago Today: July 8, 1965 (Thursday)

No news to report for the Beatles today. 

The Beatles 50 Years Ago Today: July 7, 1965 (Wednesday)

Day of rest for the Beatles. 

The Beatles 50 Years Ago Today: July 6, 1965 (Tuesday)

The Beatles rest today after the tour. 

The Beatles 50 Years Ago Today: July 5, 1965 (Monday)

With the tour ending, no news to report for the Beatles. 

The Beatles 50 Years Ago Today: July 4, 1965 (Sunday)

With the European tour ending, these words were spoken in Anthology by Paul McCartney recalling the tour,

"I remember playing a big bullring in Barcelona, the Plaza de Toros, where the Lord Mayor had great seats and all the rich people had seats but the kids, our real audience, were outside. We used to get upset about that: 'Why are we playing to all these bloody officials? We should be playing to the people outside. Let them in...' But of course they wouldn't." 

Source: www.beatlesbible.com

 

The Beatles 50 Years Ago Today: July 3, 1965 (Saturday)

Plaza de Toros Monumental, Avenue de led Corts - Catalanes, Barcelona, Spain

Another bullring concert, at 10:45 pm, and the last date on the European tour. The Beatles' two-hour Iberia flight from Barcelona to London Airport on July 4th touched down at 12:00 noon. 

Source: The Complete Beatles Chronicle by Mark Lewisohn

The Beatles 50 Years Ago Today: July 2, 1965 (Friday)

Plaza de Toros de Las Ventas, Madrid Spain

One show in the bullring, at 8:30 pm. The Beatles flew on to Barcelona at 2:45 the following afternoon. 

Source: The Complete Beatles Chronicle by Mark Lewisohn