This Week in History: The Beatles Release Their 1st Album & More

Many events and people have made a name for themselves in history, and it’s always exciting to be reminded of a time that lives on in the memory of the world.

This week many decades ago, The Beatles released their first album – and many other events took place, too.

From the first Beatles’ album to some famous birthdays, here’s what happened this week in history.

March 22 – A Big Day for The Beatles

In 1933, a bill was signed by President Roosevelt making 3.2% Beer and Wine Sales legal.

In 1963, The Beatles released Please Please Me, which was their first album. It included their hit single “Love Me Do.” 

The Beatles rehearse for that night’s Royal Variety Performance at the Prince of Wales Theatre in 1963.

In 1972, the U.S. Senate passed The Equal Rights Amendment and it was sent to the states for ratification. 

March 23

In 1956, The Islamic Republic of Pakistan became an independent republic.

In 2010, The House passed the healthcare reform bill and President Obama signed it into law.  

March 24

In 1949, President Harry S. Truman authorized aid for Palestinian refugees who were displaced and facing starvation due to Isreal’s War of Independence the previous year. This cost $16 million. 

In 1973, Pink Floyd released their 8th album “Dark Side of the Moon.” It has become the 6th best-selling album of all time as it’s sales exceeded 40 million copies worldwide. Many people are unaware that the album was produced in London at the Beatles Abbey Road Studios.

March 25

In 1947, Reginald Kenneth Dwight or in other words, known as Elton John, was born in Pinner, Middlesex, England. He is known for being an English singer-songwriter, pianist, and composer. 

In 1965, The Alabama Freedom March took place from Selma to Montgomery. 25,000 civil rights supporters participated for 4 days and nights on the road while being protected by Army troops as well as federalized Alabama National Guardsmen. 

March 26

In 1982, ceremonies in Washington, D.C. took place for the Vietnam Veterans Memorial. 

This Week in History: The Beatles Release Their 1st Album & More

In 2000, the president of Russia was elected to be Vladimir Putin (and spoiler, he’s still in office – but now as Prime Minister).

March 27

In 1909, evidence from fingerprints was used for the very first time in a murder case.

In 1980, the stratovolcano, Mount St. Helens erupted in Washington. 

March 28

In 1930, the name of the city Constantinople in Turkey was changed to Istanbul. 


In 1939, the Spanish civil war ended by General Francisco Franco gaining control. 

Let your imagination take you back to the times that shaped the world we live in today!