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49 Years Ago: Bob Dylan Introduces the Beatles to Marijuana

The mid-to-late '60s saw the Beatles morphing from mop-topped pop stars into Nehru jacket-wearing mystics -- a transformation that may have started on Aug. 28, 1964, when Bob Dylan introduced the Fab Four to the joys of smoking marijuana.

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45 Years Ago: The Beatles Release ‘Revolution’

On Aug. 26, 1968, the Beatles launched their Apple Records label with their new single, John Lennon's politically minded 'Revolution.'

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45 Years Ago: Ringo Starr Temporarily Quits the Beatles

Although they wouldn't officially disband until April 1970, the first signs that the four-headed beast known as the Beatles was starting to come apart at the seams took place on Aug. 22, 1968. A little more than six years to the day that he performed his first show with the group, drummer Ringo Starr walked out during the recording sessions for 'The Beatles.'

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Sid Bernstein, Beatles Concert Promoter, Dies

The man responsible for the Beatles' legendary Shea Stadium concert, Sid Bernstein, has died at the age of 95. No cause of death has been disclosed as of press time.

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51 Years Ago: Ringo Starr Joins the Beatles

Only two days after Pete Best was fired as the drummer of the Beatles, the group performed their first official gig with Ringo Starr. The concert took place at Hulme Hall in Birkenhead - a ferry 'cross the Mersey away from Liverpool - on Aug. 18, 1962.

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51 Years Ago: The Beatles Fire Pete Best

Arguably the most ignominious firing in rock history happened on Aug. 16, 1962. Shortly before recording their debut single, the Beatles dismissed drummer Pete Best.

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45 Years Ago: Paul McCartney Records ‘Mother Nature’s Son’

On Aug. 9, 1968, the Beatles were in the middle of the recording sessions that would yield 'The Beatles,' the double LP better known as 'The White Album.' One song that got finished that day was Paul McCartney's 'Mother Nature's Son.'

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50 Years Ago: The Beatles Play Their Final Cavern Show

Few clubs are as associated with one band's rise to stardom as Liverpool's Cavern Club is with the Beatles. On Aug. 3, 1963, they played the tiny basement club on Mathew Street for the 292nd and final time.

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50 Years Ago: Beatles Monthly Debuts

The term "Beatlemania" wouldn't be coined for another two months, but by August 1963, the Beatles were becoming so popular in the U.K. that they created a magazine devoted to all things Beatles. That month, the first of 77 issues of Beatles Monthly went out to members of the band's fan club.

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45 Years Ago: The Beatles Begin Recording ‘Hey Jude’

It's one of the most famous songs of the 20th century and an anthem that, to this day, still ends the main set of Paul McCartney's concerts. On July 29, 1968, the Beatles began recording 'Hey Jude,' a process that would take one week and two studios to complete.

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