August 17, 1966

On this day in 1966, during a press conference between two concerts in Toronto, Ontario, the Beatles made a controversial statement by voicing their opinion on the war and sided with American “draft dodgers” who moved to Canada rather than be drafted into the U.S. military to fight in the Vietnam War. Harrison noted, for example: “‘Thou shalt not kill’ means that – not amend section A… We all just don’t agree with war for any reason whatsoever. …People have a right not to go into the army.”

The Beatles performed two shows at the Maple Leaf Gardens. The first show took place at 4 pm and was seen by 15,000 people and the second began at 8 pm and was attended by 17,000.

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