On this Day, June 2, 1967 – Meet Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band


1967 – In the U.S., “Sergeant Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band” was released by the Beatles. It was released on June first in Britain.

Released on 1st June, 1967, Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band, the band’s eighth album became the soundtrack to the “Summer of Love,” but its appeal is timeless.

In the studio The Beatles encouraged George Martin to achieve “the impossible” and in turn, George and the engineers would find innovative ways of realizing this despite still using only four-track equipment.

Not only was the music different, exciting and colourful, so too was the way it was delivered. The glossy double wallet featured the guys in their Pepper uniforms surrounded by images of people they either admired or were interested in whilst on the back of the sleeve there were the lyrics to all the songs. Inside each side of the wallet were other surprises, a card featuring various cut-outs and in the initial pressings at least, the paper inner sleeve bore a psychedelic design.

1774 – The Quartering Act, which required American colonists to allow British soldiers into their houses, was reenacted.

1851 – Maine became the first U.S. state to enact a law prohibiting alcohol.

1883 – The first baseball game under electric lights was played in Fort Wayne, Indiana.

1886 – Grover Cleveland became the second U.S. president to get married while in office. He was the first to have a wedding in the White House.

1897 – Mark Twain, at age 61, was quoted by the New York Journal as saying “the report of my death was an exaggeration.” He was responding to the rumors that he had died.

1924 – All American Indians were granted citizenship by Congress.

1933 – President Franklin D. Roosevelt accepted the first swimming pool to be built inside the White House.

1935 – George Herman (Babe) Ruth announced that he was retiring from baseball.

1953 – Elizabeth was crowned queen of England at Westminster Abbey.

1954 – Senator Joseph McCarthy charged that there were communists working in the CIA and atomic weapons plants.

1979 – Pope John Paul II arrived in his native Poland on the first visit by a pope to a Communist country.

1985 – Tommy Sandt was ejected from a major-league baseball game before the national anthem was played. He had complained to the umpire about a call against his team the night before.

2003 – William Baily was reunited with two paintings he had left on a subway platform. One of the works was an original Picasso rendering of two male figures and a recreation of Picasso’s “Guernica” by Sophie Matisse. Sophie Matisse was the great-granddaughter of Henri Matisse.

Source: On-This-Day.Com; TheBeatles.com