On this Day July 7
1969 – Only three of the four Beatles are on hand to record “Here Comes the Sun” at EMI Studios in London. John Lennon missed the session because he was recovering from a car accident in Scotland. The track is on the band’s “Abbey Road” album.
1984 – Prince starts a five-week run on top of the singles chart with “When Doves Cry,” off the “Purple Rain” soundtrack. It’s Prince’s first No. 1 and goes on to become the best-selling single of 1984.
1930 – Construction begins on Hoover Dam, an engineering marvel along the Nevada-Arizona border that was originally known as Boulder Dam. Over the next five years, 21,000 workers build what becomes the largest dam of its time, as well as one of the largest manmade structures in the world.
1933 – Pulitzer Prize-winning author, narrator and historian David McCullough (“Truman,” “John Adams,” “The Path Between the Seas,” “Mornings on Horseback,” The Wright Brothers,” “The American Spirit”)
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President Lincoln Assassinated!!: The Firsthand Story of the Murder, Manhunt, Trial, and Mourning