50 years ago today, Yellow Submarine, the iconic animated film by the Beatles premiered in London. The full length fantasy features the Fab Four as cartoon characters who agree to travel with Young Fred in his Yellow Submarine to free the people of ‘Pepperland’. Under attack from the music-hating Blue Meanies, ‘Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band’ sails to the rescue and restores the landscape of color, flowers and music.

The actual Beatles performed the songs, but participated only in the closing scene of the film, directed by animation producer George Dunning. Their cartoon counterparts were voiced by actors—yet audiences and critics loved it. WATCH the original psychedelic trailer… (1968)

MORE Good News on this Day:

  • US President Lincoln signed the first federal law allowing persons of African descent to serve in the U.S. military (1862)
  • The first electrical air conditioner was switched on by Willis Carrier, the engineer who invented, designed, and built the machine in Buffalo, New York (1912)
  • 70 years ago today, US Air Force pilot Gail Halvorsen first met the suffering, yet appreciative, children of Berlin during the humanitarian airlift and went on to pioneer for them the idea of dropping candy with miniature parachutes, resulting in 23 tons of candy being delivered throughout the blockade (1948)
  • Disneyland first opened its magical doors to the public in Anaheim, California (1955)
  • Britain announced that Queen Elizabeth II had signed into law the bill passed by Parliament legalizing same-sex marriages in England and Wales (2013)

And, on this day in 1975, two spacecrafts—an American Apollo and a Soviet Soyuz—docked with each other in orbit.Apollo-Soyuz stamps Russian English mashup

They remained linked in space for 47 hours, marking the first time such a link-up occurred between spacecraft from two nations—and, at the end of the Cold War, a symbol of the policy of détente that the two superpowers began pursuing.

Happy 83nd Birthday to Donald Sutherland, the Canadian actor known for his roles in films such as The Dirty Dozen, M*A*S*H, Klute, The Hunger Games, and the Academy Award-winning, Ordinary People.

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2013 photo by Frantogian-CC

He named his four sons, including actor Kiefer Sutherland, after directors, like Robert Redford, with whom he has worked. (1935)

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