"I Want to Hold Your Hand" is the title of the hit 1963 Beatles song
written by John Lennon and Paul McCartney that led the British
Invasion of the United States music charts. It was the first Beatles
record to be made using 4-track equipment and in real stereo, and the
Beatles' first number one song on the Billboard magazine charts,
heralding 19 more number one singles from the Beatles in the United
States. It also held the top spot in the United Kingdom charts, where
a million copies of the single had already been ordered by its
release. "I Want To Hold Your Hand" became the Beatles' best-selling
single worldwide. McCartney and Lennon did not have any particular
inspiration for the song, unlike their later hits such as "Yesterday",
"Hey Jude" and "Let It Be". Instead, they had received specific
instructions from manager Brian Epstein to write a song with the
American market in mind, and the result was "I Want to Hold Your
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Today's selected anniversaries:
Karađorđe became the leader of the First Serbian Uprising.
Elisha Gray and Alexander Graham Bell each filed a patent for the
Chilean forces occupied the Bolivian port of Antofagasta, instigating
the War of the Pacific.
A fatwa was issued for the execution of Salman Rushdie, the author of
The Satanic Verses, a novel considered "blasphemous against Islam".
The first satellite in the satellite constellation of the Global
Positioning System was placed into orbit.
Wikiquote of the day:
"Some things you don't need until they leave you; they're the things
that you miss." -- Rob Thomas