Edison shows off his phonograph, atom bomb testing heads underground, a chimpanzee orbits the Earth, the Pong craze begins, and the world loses another Beatle, all on this day.
1963: The Beatles' fifth single "I Want to Hold Your Hand" is released in the United Kingdom. The song would debut at No. 2 on the British single charts, blocked from the top spot by only the band's previous single, "She Loves You." After two weeks it would top the charts, staying at No. 1 for five weeks and remaining in the U.K. top 50 for 21 weeks in total. After being released in the United States by Capitol Records the day after Christmas, it would also eventually become the group's first American No. 1 single.
National Archives and Records Administration
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From the Curtis Family
Warner Bros. Television
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