There’s no record that I can find of what The Beatles were up to today. Paul, at least, was probably sleeping in after completing overdubs for “Eleanor Rigby” at 1:30 AM (which technically makes it today, but I already wrote it about it yesterday, so let’s not split hairs).

But in California it was the first Tuesday in June, as it is today, and thus Primary day. Here in 2016, Donald Trump will continue his rampage to the Republican nomination; in an eerie bit of foreshadowing, Ronald Reagan was first nominated for governor this day in 1966.

Was that the beginning of the end of the 1960s? This after all was the man who said in 1969, apropos of the anti-Vietnam protests in Berkeley, “If it takes a bloodbath, let’s get it over with, no more appeasement.” From there, Reagan went on to eight years as president, and that more or less gave us the world we live in today.

Was it a better world in 1966? Hard for me to say, as I wasn’t there. But at least there was a new Beatles album to look forward to.

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