The first Arbor Day is celebrated, the Titanic sets sail, "The Great Gatsby" is published, Paul McCartney quits The Beatles, and the U.S. and China engage in "ping-pong diplomacy," all on this day.
1970: Amid rising tensions and a week before his self-titled debut solo album, Paul McCartney quits The Beatles. His announcement effectively dissolves the band even though the official end wouldn't come for several years. All four Beatles were working on solo projects at the time McCartney quit and John Lennon had more or less left the group in September 1969, agreeing not to inform the media while the band renegotiated their recording contract.
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