2014 Annual Shareholder Meeting

The meeting commences at the Computer History Museum, 1401 North Shoreline Boulevard, Mountain View, California.  Elon Musk asks the audience if they have any questions.  The conference suddenly morphs into an awkward spectacle when a self-described “super-genius” Roy Philipose confronted Musk and asks if he could be named vice chairman. I would like to come on board as […]



The public funeral starts at 9:08 am in London, when the tenor bell sounds to signal the departure of the cortege from Kensington Palace. Diana’s coffin is carried from the palace on a gun carriage, along Hyde Park to St. James’ Palace.  The official ceremony is held at Westminster Abbey, with 2000 people attending,  and finishes at the resting place in Althorp. A Palace spokeswoman says: Although there is […]

All You Need Is Love

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The BBC commissions the group to write the song for the United Kingdom’s contribution for Our World TV Series. The brief for the song was that it had to be simple so that viewers around the world would understand it. The show is seen by approximately 400 million people across five continents. Starr: We were big enough to command an […]

3 dead, 2 injured

Three people are killed and two others seriously injured after a Tesla traveling southbound on the 14 Freeway in the Antelope Valley plowed into the rear of another vehicle.  The crash occurred in Palmdale about 10:35 p.m. when the Tesla crashed into a Toyota Corolla on the freeway near Avenue S, killing the Toyota’s 40-year-old male driver […]

Eleanor Rigby


The band released Elanor Rigby. McCartney: I was sitting at the piano when I thought of it. The first few bars just came to me, and I got this name in my head … “Daisy Hawkins picks up the rice in the church”. I don’t know why. I couldn’t think of much more so I put […]

Paperback Writer


The band releases Paperback Writer. The background vocal harmonies at the beginning of the third chorus are provided by Lennon and George Harrison who sing the title of the French nursery rhyme Frère Jacques in several slow incantations. These harmonies occur at a little over one minute into the track. Lennon: I think I might have helped with some […]

We Can Work It Out


We Can Work It Out is the last of six number one singles in a row on the American charts, preceded by I Feel Fine, Eight Days a Week, Ticket to Ride, Help!, and Yesterday.  This is the first double A side released single for the group, with the other A side being Day Tripper. Spends five […]



The band releases the single, Help! Lennon sings lead vocal and George Harrison plays a 12 string guitar on the track. Along with Yesterday, this is one of two Beatles US #1 hits with just one word in the title.

Ticket To Ride


The band release Ticket To Ride. The song features a coda with a different tempo that extends the song’s length past three minutes.  Lennon says this double-time section (with the lyric “My baby don’t care”) was one of his “favourite bits” in the song. The single spends 3 weeks at the top of the UK charts. Harrison: […]

I Feel Fine


The band release I Feel Fine, the 8th British single for the band. I Feel Fine is one of the earliest examples of the use of feedback as a recording effect in popular music.  The song is the first Beatles single to be released almost concurrently in the US and the UK.  1.41 million copies are sold in the […]

Can’t Buy Me Love


The Beatles’ sixth British single, released with the b-side You Can’t Do That was written by Paul McCartney while the group were in Paris for a 19-date residency at the city’s Olympia Theatre. Can’t Buy Me Love is the first of the group’s singles to feature just one singer.  The record is no 1 in the […]

A Hard Day’s Night


The group’s 5th No. 1 hit stays at the top of the charts for 3 weeks. The title is taken from an expression Ringo used to say. In a 1964 interview with DJ Dave Hull, Ringo explained: We went to do a job, and we’d worked all day and we happened to work all night. I […]

I Want To Hold Your Hand

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The band releases I Want To Hold Your Hand, the first track made using 4-track equipment. Lennon: We wrote a lot of stuff together, one on one, eyeball to eyeball. Like in I Want to Hold Your Hand, I remember when we got the chord that made the song. We were in Jane Asher’s house, downstairs […]

Charles & Diana split

British Prime Minister John Major announces the formal separation of Charles and Diana.  He issued a directive from Buckingham Palace making it clear that Their Royal Highnesses are not seeking a divorce, The royal couple are separating amicably.

From Me To You: First UK no 1

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The band earns its first No. 1 single in the United Kingdom with From Me to You.  The Lennon/McCartney composition stays at the top of the charts for seven weeks but fails to make an impact in the United States.

She Loves You

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The band releases She Loves You. McCartney and Lennon were inspired to write this after a concert at the Majestic Ballroom in Newcastle when they were part of a tour with Roy Orbison and Gerry & the Pacemakers. The song is the Beatles best selling single of all time. McCartney: We were in a van up […]

Prince Harry born in London

Charles and Diana with Harry

Prince Henry (Harry) Charles Albert David Windsor is born weighing six pounds, 14 ounces at St Mary’s Hospital, Paddington, London, Prince Harry arrived a week before expected.  He is the second child for Prince Charles and Princess Diana after William and is third in line to the throne. Charles: Absolutely marvelous. It didn’t matter whether it was a boy or a […]

Charles, Diana engagement

Charles and Diana announce their engagement. The couple have been courting for 6 months. Charles says: I feel positively delighted and frankly amazed that Di is prepared take me on

Lady Diana Spencer born in Sandringham, England


Lady Diana Frances Spencer, is born at Park House near Sandringham, Norfolk. She is the youngest daughter of  Viscount and Viscountess Althorp and has two older sisters; Sarah, Jane. Lady Diana was educated first at a preparatory school, Riddlesworth Hall at Diss, Norfolk, and then in 1974 went as a boarder to West Heath, near Sevenoaks, Kent. At school she […]

Prince William born in London


Prince William Arthur Philip Louis Windsor is born weighing 7lb 1½oz.  The Prince is the first child of Prince Charles and Princess Diana and his official title is “Prince William, Duke of Cambridge”. His paternal grandparents are Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh. He is second in line to succeed his grandmother, after his father. Prince Charles is present at the […]

Fred West born in Much Marcle, England


Frederick Walter Stephen West is born into a poor family of farm workers in Bickerton Cottage, Much Marcle, Herefordshire, to Walter Stephen West and Daisy Hannah Hill.  He is the 2nd child for the couple. At school, West shows an aptitude for woodwork and artwork, but does not excel academically.

Fred West suicide age 53

West is found hanged in his jail cell, having made a ligature from his clothing despite being under close supervision by prison staff.  He had been designated a “vulnerable” prisoner after psychiatric assessment. Joan Owen, 52, of Port Tennant, Swansea, the mother of Alison Chambers, 17, one of the victims, says: This is the best news I’ve […]


Jobs is remembered by a small gathering of close friends and family attending at the Campus of Stanford Universities Memorial Church.  Among the guests present are Bill Clinton, Bill Gates and Joan Baez. California Gov. Jerry Brown declares the day to be Steve Jobs Day in the state of California and went on to say. His innovations transformed […]

iPhone 5 launch

Apples’s latest smartphone is available in black or white and comes with either 16MB, 32MB or 64MB of storage.  The phone is 18% thinner than its predecessor the 4S.The new iPhone 5, is the first Apple smartphone with a new four-inch screen and features the high-speed Long-Term Evolution network, also known as LTE. We started with that […]

Dies at 56

Jobs passes away surrounded by his loving family. He had been ill for a number of years suffering from pancreatic cancer and was 56 years old. Apples board of directors say: Steve’s brilliance, passion and energy were the source of countless innovations that enrich and improve all of our lives.



Steve Jobs, Steve Wozniak, and Ronald Wayne register the corporation Apple Computer, Inc. under the laws of the State of California. The official logo for the corporation is an Apple with a bite taken out.

iPhone 3G launch

Jobs launches the iPhone 3G with its tapered look and thinner edges. The faster cellular connectivity of the iPhone 3G allows for download speeds nearly as quick as WiFi and speeds that are 2.5 times as fast as EDGE.  The new 8GB iPhone is priced at $199 with a new two-year contract, while the 16GB iPhone (which will […]

iPhone 1st gen launch

Jobs announces the launch at MacWorld 2007. We want to reinvent the phone. What’s the killer app? The killer app is making calls. It’s amazing how hard it is to make calls on phones. We want you to use contacts like never before.

Court appearance


Jagger and Richards appear before magistrates in Chichester, West Sussex, charged with drug offences.  Jagger, 24, is accused of illegally possessing four tablets containing amphetamine sulphate and methylamphetamine hydrochloride. Richards, also 24, is charged with allowing his house to be used for the purpose of smoking cannabis.  Both  plead not guilty and are released on bail to […]

McCartney, Eastman marry


McCartney marries Eastman in a civil ceremony in London. Hundreds of people gathered outside the Marylebone Register Office to catch a glimpse of the couple as they arrived with Eastman’s six-year-old daughter, Heather, from a previous marriage.

Jagger, Macias marry


Jagger marries Bianca Pérez-Mora Macias at the town hall in the French Mediterranean town of St Tropez. The civil ceremony is held up for almost an hour-and-a-half, after bitter arguments between Mr Jagger’s spokesman and the police over the number of reporters and photographers in the wedding chamber.

Veteran employment push


Tesla announces its plans to become one of America’s leading employers of military veterans. Tesla’s workforce is increasing rapidly as it expands production of its Model S, prepares its launch of the Model X crossover SUV and enters new overseas markets. The company now has more than 6,000 employees, and of those, 300 — or roughly 5 percent — […]

Wimbledon champion


Becker becomes the youngest ever Wimbledon champion, at 17.  The West German teenager was the unseeded outsider before the tournament began. He takes just three hours and 18 minutes to overpower eighth-seeded Kevin Curren, a South-African-born American. Becker beat Curren – 6-3 6-7 7-6 6-4

Dead at 36

Lynott dies from heart failure and pneumonia after an 11-day fight for his life. 

Dies in car crash

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Bolan dies in a car crash in Barnes, London, on his way to his home in Richmond after a night out at a Mayfair restaurant. The 29-year-old singer was killed instantly when the car being driven by his girlfriend, Gloria Jones, leaves the road and hits a tree. Jones breaks her jaw and suffers from shock. The couple’s 20-month-old son was not […]

Dies after party

Hendrix dies after collapsing at a party in London. He was 27. Police say there is no question of foul play. A number of sleeping pills are found at the house in Notting Hill Gate and are taken away for analysis. Hendrix was in London since cutting short a European tour with his band after bass player Billy Cox fell […]

Dies in airplane crash


On their wayu to Moorhead, Minnesota, the next venue in their Winter Dance Party Tour, Buddy Holly, 22, Jiles P Richardson, 28, and Ritchie Valens, 17, die in a plane crash shortly after take-off from Clear Lake, Iowa, at 0100 local time. Holly hires the single-engined Beechcraft Bonanza plane after heating problems developed on his tourbus. Reports from […]


Jobs is fired after a board meeting decided that his decision to drop the price of the 2nd-generation Mac was unacceptable. John Sculley, CEO, said to Jobs: Steve, it’s not going to make any difference. The reason the Mac is not selling has nothing to do with the price or with the advertising. If you do that, we […]

IPO creates 300 millionaires


Apple launches its IPO on  the NASDAQ selling 4.6 million shares at $22 per share.  As soon as the bell rung in the NYSE about 300 millionaires were instantly created, some 40 of which are Apple employees and investors. Steve Jobs, the largest shareholder, made $217 million dollars alone.

iPod launch

Jobs introduces the iPod, a portable digital media player which can pack 5GB of music into a box the size of a deck of cards. The event is low key and is held at the Apple campus in Cupertino: The biggest thing about iPod is it holds 1000 songs. Now this is a quantum leap because for […]

Walks off stage

Rose walks off stage after fans throw bottles at him for being over an hour late to the gig. Here’s the deal, One more bottle and we go home. It’s up to you. We would like to stay. We want to stay. We want to have some fun.

Dead at 27


Morrison dies in Paris aged 27. He is found in a bathtub at his apartment at 17 Rue Beautraillis by his girlfriend, Pamela Courson. A doctor’s report states the cause of death is heart failure aggravated by heavy drinking.

Kidnap attempt


Anne and Phillips escape an apparent kidnap attempt in which four people were wounded. The royal couple are returning to Buckingham Palace along Pall Mall when their chauffeur-driven Rolls-Royce was forced to halt by another car which blocked their route. A man appears from a light coloured vehicle and fires six shots, all of which it is said were […]

Third Grand National win

Red Rum wins the Grand National for a record third time. This brings his career earnings to a steeple-chasing record of £114,000. Before the race, there was speculation that 12-year-old Red Rum was too old to compete.

Two more murder charges

West is charged with the murders of Shirley Robinson and Alison Chambers following the discovery of more human remains in the garden of his Gloucester home.

Trophy stolen


The £30,000 solid gold Jules Rimet trophy disappears while a church service is taking place in another part of the building. Thieves remove the cup from the Sport with Stamps display at the Stampex exhibition, but stamps worth £3m were left behind. Vice-chairman of the Football Association Council, Jack Stewar was reluctant to accept blame for the […]

Manhattan Beach attack


Steven Robles, 40, is mauled by a Great White shark around 9.30 a.m. at Manhattan Beach, in Southern California, after the shark escaped from a fisherman. A witness said people thought the victim was having trouble swimming and then he suddenly heard a couple of people screaming: White, white! The victim is in a stable condition.  

Air Disaster


Seven Manchester United footballers are among 21 dead after an air crash in Munich. The British European Airways (BEA) plane caught fire shortly after take off this afternoon with 38 passengers and six crew on board.  

Quits Liverpool


The manager of Liverpool football club is retires from his post. Shankly, 58, has been in charge at Anfield for nearly 15 years. He made the decision to leave five weeks ago, but club directors have been trying to persuade him to stay.