The Mississippi River is rocked by earthquakes, Baltimore burns, Chaplin debuts "The Tramp," The Beatles arrive in America, and space shuttle astronauts make the first untethered spacewalk, all on this day.
1963: The Beatles first U.S. single, "Please Please Me," is released on Vee-Jay Records after both Capitol Records and Atlantic Records had turned it down. While the single failed to make much of an impact in America at first, when it was re-released on Jan. 3, 1964, to capitalize on the U.S. success of "I Want to Hold Your Hand," it became a massive hit. For the week ending March 14, 1964, it peaked at No. 3 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart, trailing only "I Want to Hold Your Hand" and "She Loves You."
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