Today was a big day for The Beatles. On June 12, 1965 at the invitation of the Queen of England The Beatles went to Buckingham palace to be awarded the M.B.E., "Most Excellent Order of the British Empire." There were a lot people in England who protested the band getting this prestigious honor. One official referred to The Beatles as a bunch of vulgar numbskulls.

John Lennon would protest in 1969, by returning their award to the Queen. John among other things was unhappy about the governments support of America's war in Vietnam.