On January 16, 1957, Liverpool opened the Cavern club, where The Beatles debuted, signaling the launch of one of the most celebrated bands in the twentieth century.
This day, fans around the world organize numerous events dedicated to the legendary band.
Formed in Liverpool, the group consisted of John Lennon (rhythm guitar, vocals), Paul McCartney (bass guitar, vocals), George Harrison (lead guitar, vocals) and Ringo Starr (drums, vocals).
Rooted in skiffle and 1950s rock and roll, the group later worked in many genres ranging from pop ballads to psychedelic rock, often incorporating classical and other elements in innovative ways.
The Beatles gained popularity in the United Kingdom after their first single, "Love Me Do", became a modest hit in late 1962, and acquired the nickname the "Fab Four" as Beatlemania grew in Britain over the following year.
The band toured extensively around the world until August 1966, when they performed their final commercial concert. From 1966 they produced what many critics consider to be some of their finest material, including the innovative and widely influential albums Revolver (1966), Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band (1967), The Beatles (1968) and Abbey Road (1969).
The 73-year-old found the £9,000 vessel online after Googling the Fab Four’s 1966 song of the same name.
Now he can play Beatles tracks while piloting the 3.6m (12ft) sub. ‘I just knew I had to get one’ said Mr Poole, of Pembroke, west Wales.
‘Like everyone back then in the Sixties, I was a big Beatles fan when I was younger.’It’s not everyone’s favourite Beatles one but you can’t sing ‘We all live in a yellow submarine’ without a smile coming onto your face.’
The father-of-three spent three years renovating the sub which had been painted black and was being used for Royal Navy underwater filming in Portsmouth.
Poole has taken it out for test runs in the Pembroke docks and is now gearing up for his first full submission.
Doug said: ‘It attracts attention wherever I go, people always want to climb inside the yellow submarine and have a look.
‘It’s not quite living in a yellow submarine but it is as close as I can get,’ he added.
Kirsten Zuk may be the first artist to make a sculpture of John Lennon that literally contains a piece of the rock icon. Her brother, the 'crazy dentist' who bought the celebrity's tooth at a UK auction last year decided to share a very small piece for the clay tribute to the late Beatle.
"John Lennon gave his tooth to a fan in good spirit so I wanted to do a few things that would raise awareness of the charity Smile Train, so we are asking people that come to view the sculpture at the Kirsten's Art Show this weekend in Edmonton to consider making a donation which helps children with cleft lip and palate.," says Dr. Michael Zuk. He adds, 'The house that Lennon lived in when he had the tooth removed just came up for sale at a reported 15M British pounds, so anything Lennon is almost priceless'.
Dr. Zuk was featured in a media frenzy that included Time Magazine, Anderson Cooper's Ridiculist, Bill O'Reilly, national news and newspapers around the world. He recently wrote a book titled 'John Lennon Tooth' on Blurb.com and is about to release a new book titled 'Celebrity & Professional Marketing' which features many of the celebrities he has worked with. He has also co-designed a John Lennon DNA pendant that will soon be featured in a charity fundraiser in the UK that starts in Liverpool at the famous Beatle hangout 'The Cavern Club'.
The Beatles are to appear on a set of stamps. The six stamps, issued by the Royal Mail, feature images of the band's most famous album covers.
The collection, which goes on sale in January, includes Sgt Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band, Abbey Road, Revolver, Let It Be and With The Beatles.
A Royal Mail spokesman said: "The Beatles special stamps promise to be a big hit with fans the world over when they go on sale in January 2007.
"Royal Mail is featuring some 1st Class Beatles album covers to commemorate the UK band that stands for all that's great in popular culture."