Exactly three years to the date before The Beatles officially stunned the world with "I Wanna Hold Your Hand" on The Ed Sullivan Show, they played their first-ever public gig in their hometown (Liverpool, UK, of course). The place: The now-iconic Cavern Club. The payday: Five pounds sterling.
The rest, as they say, is history. There's not a lot to say about this legendary foursome that fans - and even non-superfans - don't already know. We're just thankful the Cavern Club bouncer relented and let George in wearing (gasp!) jeans. Otherwise, who knows what would have happened, and what awesome music the world might have missed out on?
Whether you're a Fab Four fan from way back or are just learning to dig their many classics now (because let's face it - The Beatles will ALWAYS be a big thing), try a few of our 55 Beatles quizzes in this section now. Have fun!