In 1963, The Beatles' debut album, "Please Please Me," was released in the United Kingdom by Parlophone.
1765: The British Parliament passed the Stamp Act to raise money from the American colonies, which fiercely resisted the tax. (The Stamp Act was repealed a year later.)
1929: A U.S. Coast Guard vessel sank a Canadian-registered schooner, the I'm Alone, in the Gulf of Mexico. (The schooner was suspected of carrying bootleg liquor.)
1933: During Prohibition, President Franklin D. Roosevelt signed a measure to make wine and beer containing up to 3.2 percent alcohol legal.
1941: The Grand Coulee hydroelectric dam in Washington state officially went into operation.
1976: Principal photography for the first "Star Wars" movie, directed by George Lucas, began in Tunisia.