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The Beatles begin a two-day recording session at London’s Trident Studios to produce “Hey Jude.”

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James Taylor has the No. 1 single with “You’ve Got a Friend,” written by Carole King, which goes on to capture Grammy Awards both for Taylor (Best Male Pop Vocal Performance) and King (Song of the Year).

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In what may have been the most-watched joyride in history, Apollo 15 astronauts David Scott and James Irwin cruise the dusty and bumpy surface of the moon in their lunar rover vehicle.

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Former Teamsters Union leader Jimmy Hoffa disappears from the parking lot of a suburban Detroit restaurant, never to be seen or heard from again. In 1982, he is officially declared dead.

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Actor Wesley Snipes (“Mo’ Better Blues,” “New Jack City,” “Passenger 57,” “Demolition Man,” “Money Train,” “Blade”)

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Actor-comedian-author B.J. Novak (“The Office,” “Inglorious Basterds,” “Saving Mr. Banks”)