Eight brilliant Beatles stats to celebrate Beatles Day

We are not entirely sure why humanity has an incessant need to label days just about everything from World AIDS day (a good way of raising awareness about a tragic disease) to sugar cookie day (a rather pointless venture to highlight an already popular confectionary indulgence.) So much so that today is apparently Teddy Bear Picnic Day and Saturday will be Embrace Your Geekness Day.

However, every once in a while, the day name game does help to inspire us and remind us of something pretty cool. Today for instance, is also International Happiness Day and Beatles Day.

And as the Beatles and happiness happen to go hand in hand for quite so many of us, we thought we would bring you some brilliant Beatles stats.

  • Singles released: 59
  • Officially released songs: 301
  • Cash spent advertising “I Want to Hold Your Hand” in the US: $50,000
  • Number of people who wanted to get tickets to see Beatles perform at the Ed Sullivan Show in 1964: 600,000 (Out of an available 700 seats)
  • Estimated sums lost on unofficial Beatles merchandise over the decades: Infinity (Ok, closer to $100m)
  • Cost of making the Help! Film: $1.5m
  • Number of times Yesterday - the most-covered song in the world – has been played on American TV and radio – 7 million
  • Paul McCartney’s net worth – $800m

 

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