Today in 1966, John Lennon’s statement that The Beatles were ‘more popular than Jesus Christ’ was published in The London Evening Standard.
“Christianity will go. It will vanish and shrink. We’re more popular
then Jesus now; I don’t know which will go first, rock ‘n’ roll or
Christianity. Jesus was alright, but his disciples were thick and
ordinary.” Christian groups in the US were outraged resulting in some
states burning Beatles records. Lennon later apologized.
Source – http://www.thisdayinmusic.com/