Profession: Musician and Beatle
Why Famous: McCartney grew up in Liverpool, meeting song-writing partner John Lennon aged 15 and joining his band Quarrymen.
Renamed the Beatles in 1960, they had their first hit 'Love Me Do' in 1963. The group went on to dominate 1960s pop music worldwide until McCartney announced his split from the group in 1970.
He went on to form the band Wings in the 1970s and composed orchestral music in the 1990s.
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- 1969-03-12 Paul McCartney marries Linda Louise Eastman in London
- 2002-06-11 Musician Paul McCartney (59) weds former model and anti-landmines campaigner Heather Mills (34) at Castle Leslie in County Monaghan, Ireland
- 2008-03-17 Musician Paul McCartney (65) divorces former model and anti-landmines campaigner Heather Mills (40) on the grounds of unreasonable behaviour
- 2011-10-09 Musician Paul McCartney (69) weds New Yorker Nancy Shevell (51) in a civil ceremony at Old Marylebone Town Hall, London
- 1957-07-06 John Lennon (16) & Paul McCartney (15) meet for 1st time as Lennon's rock group Quarrymen perform at a church dinner
- 1960-12-01 Paul McCartney and Pete Best arrested then deported from Hamburg, Germany for accusation of attempted arson.
- 1963-07-15 Paul McCartney is fined £17 for speeding
- 1963-08-25 Paul McCartney is fined 31 pounds & given a 1 yr suspended license for speeding
- 1964-05-18 David Frost interviews Paul McCartney on BBC
- 1964-07-02 Cilla Black records Beatle's "Its For You", Paul McCartney plays piano
- 1965-12-26 Paul McCartney is interviewed on pirate radio station Radio Caroline
- 1967-05-15 Paul McCartney meets his future wife Linda Eastman
- 1967-06-19 Paul McCartney admits on TV that he took LSD
- 1967-12-25 Singer Paul McCartney & actress Jane Asher get engaged
- 1968-05-15 Paul McCartney & John Lennon appear on Johnny Carson Show to promote Apple records, Joe Garagiola is substitute host
- 1968-05-21 Paul McCartney and girlfriend Jane Asher attend an Andy Williams concert
- 1968-07-20 Jane Asher breaks her engagement with Paul McCartney on live TV
- 1969-04-24 Paul McCartney says there is no truth to rumors he is dead
- 1969-09-23 Northern Star and Illinois Univ newspaper start rumors that Paul McCartney is dead
- 1969-10-22 Paul McCartney denies rumors of his death
- 1970-04-10 Paul McCartney officially announces the split of The Beatles
- 1970-04-17 Paul McCartney's 1st solo album "McCartney" is released
- 1970-12-31 Paul McCartney files a lawsuit to dissolve The Beatles
- 1971-02-19 Paul McCartney releases "Another Day" in UK
- 1971-05-28 Paul McCartney releases his 2nd solo album "Ram"
- 1971-06-09 Paul McCartney's album "Ram" goes gold
- 1971-08-03 Paul McCartney announces formation of his group Wings
- 1972-02-25 Paul McCartney releases "Give Ireland back to the Irish" single
- 1972-05-12 Paul McCartney & Wings release "Mary Had a Little Lamb"
- 1972-07-09 1st tour of Paul McCartney & Wings (France)
- 1973-04-30 Paul McCartney releases "Red Rose Speedway" including "My Love"
- 1973-06-01 Paul McCartney & Wings release "Live & Let Die"
- 1973-08-09 Guitarist Henry McCullough and drummer Denny Seiwell quit the Wings group founded by Paul McCartney
- 1973-12-05 Paul McCartney & Wings release album "Band on the Run" in the US
- 1973-12-07 Paul McCartney & Wings release "Band on the Run" in the UK
- 1974-04-20 Paul McCartney & Wings release single "Band on the Run" in the US
- 1975-05-27 Paul McCartney releases "Venus & Mars"
- 1979-03-16 CBS-TV airs "Wings Over the World" with Paul McCartney
- 1979-10-24 Guinness Book of Records presents Paul McCartney with a rhodium disc as all-time best selling singer-songwriter
- 1979-11-16 Paul McCartney releases "Wonderful Christmas"
- 1980-01-16 Paul McCartney is arrested at Tokyo International Airport for possession of marijuana; he is sent to jail for nine days before being deported
- 1980-01-25 Paul McCartney is released from Tokyo jail & deported
- 1980-04-11 Paul McCartney releases "Coming Up"
- 1980-05-16 Paul McCartney releases "McCartney II" album
- 1980-06-13 Paul McCartney releases "Waterfall"
- 1980-09-15 Paul McCartney releases "Temporary Secretary"
- 1981-02-06 Beatles Paul McCartney, Ringo Starr & George Harrison record a tribute to John Lennon
- 1981-02-27 Paul McCartney and Stevie Wonder record the single "Ebony & Ivory"
- 1981-04-27 Paul McCartney's solo rock band Wings disbands
- 1982-03-26 Paul McCartney and Stevie Wonder release the single "Ebony & Ivory" in the UK
- 1982-06-21 Paul McCartney releases "Take it Away"
- 1982-09-06 Paul McCartney releases "Tug of War"
- 1982-10-29 Paul McCartney & Michael Jackson release "Girl is Mine"
- 1983-10-03 Paul McCartney & Michael Jackson release "Say, Say, Say" in UK
- 1983-10-31 Paul McCartney releases "Pipes of Peace" album
- 1984-09-24 Paul McCartney release "No More Lonely Nights"
- 1984-09-26 Berlin appeals court clears Paul McCartney in a paternity suit
- 1984-10-22 Paul McCartney releases "Give My Regards to Broad Street" soundtrack
- 1984-11-12 Paul McCartney releases "We All Stand Together"
- 1985-11-18 Paul McCartney releases "Spies Like Us"
- 1986-07-14 Paul McCartney releases "Press"
- 1986-09-01 Paul McCartney releases "Press to Play" album
- 1986-10-27 Paul McCartney release "Pretty Little Head"
- 1986-12-01 Paul McCartney releases "Only Love Remains"
- 1987-11-16 Paul McCartney releases "Once Upon a Long Ago"
- 1989-05-08 Paul McCartney releases remake of "Ferry Cross the Mersey" in aid of those affected by the Hillsborough disaster, which claimed the lives of 96 Liverpool football fans
- 1989-06-05 Paul McCartney releases "Flowers in the Dirt"
- 1989-07-17 Paul McCartney releases "This One"
- 1989-11-13 Paul McCartney releases "Figure of 8" & "Ou Est Le Soleil"
- 1997-03-11 Beatle Paul McCartney knighted by Queen Elizabeth II
- 2018-07-26 Sir Paul McCartney performs a secret gig at the Cavern Club in Liverpool, where the Beatles began