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28 October 1996: The Beatles Anthology 3 is released. It reached the Top 10 in several countries and went to #1 in the USA. Once more, the album cover was designed by Klaus Voormann and Alfons Kiefer, who were also responsible for the covers of Anthology 1 and Anthology 2.

“The Beatles have outsold every pop group in the world this year [1996], and sales of more than 20 million albums make them the most successful band since… the Beatles. Three Anthology volumes of outtakes and live recordings shot to No. 1 in the U.S. charts. ‘The Beatles in the last 12 months have sold more albums than they ever did in any one year in the '60s,’ Anthology publicist Geoff Baker said. 'The Beatles have beaten the Beatles. That’s not hype. It is true. It is interesting that three guys who stopped recording together in 1970 and one who tragically died in 1980 are now outselling every other artist on the planet.'” - Orlando Sentinel, 18 November 1996

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Daniel Craig Thinks This One Direction Singer Could Be Next James Bond
It's Horan. Niall Horan.

It’s Horan. Niall Horan.

The One Direction star may just be the next James Bond. Okay, probably not, but he got the endorsement of current Bond star Daniel Craig.

One Direction Beats A Beatles Chart Record

The actor was asked about Horan – whose name has been floated by fans as a wish-list casting choice – and Craig was enthusiastic, calling the choice “absolutely fabulous.” (He knows how powerful that fandom is, apparently.)

He also referred to Horan as “a good man” who would do the part justice.

See you all in 2020 for Niall Horan’s James Bond – a great last-minute Halloween costume as well.

A Day In The Life - 17th May 1963: The Beatles perform at the Grosvenor Rooms in Norwich.

This is The Beatles’ only performance in the Norfolk city of Norwich. The concert is booked in April 1963 by local promoters Peter Holmes, Ray Aldous and Geoffrey Walker for a fee of £250.

The support act is local group Ricky Lee and the Hucklebucks, and tickets cost seven shillings and sixpence.

The concert is booked after another local promoter, Alan Lockwood, turns down the chance to have The Beatles perform. At the time they have just one chart single, Love Me Do. By the time of the concert, The Beatles are chart stars, with From Me To You and the Please Please Me album both at number one. The contract is signed with Epstein on 19 April, with the agreement that The Beatles would give two 20-minute performances. 

Following a soundcheck The Beatles leave for some food and watch a film at the nearby ABC cinema. Upon their return 1,700 people are in the former ballroom waiting to see the concert.