50 years ago today, The Beatles released Abbey Road, the album containing the last songs the four ever recorded together. With hits like Come Together, the album became one of the band’s most beloved—an LP that many critics have ranked as one of the greatest albums of all time. In particular, George Harrison’s contributions, Something and Here Comes the Sun, are two of the most popular songs recorded by the Fab Four.
The album’s iconic cover art features the band members walking in a street crossing one block away from Abbey Road Studios and has become one of the most famous and imitated images in popular music. After the contentious previous sessions making the Let it Be album, McCartney wanted to record “the way we used to do it,” and camaraderie was the norm with Paul and John exchanging friendly banter between takes. HEAR them revel in the memories in this mini-doc… (1969)
MORE Good News on this Day:
- Sir Francis Drake docked his ship in Plymouth, England after circumnavigating the globe (1580)
- Pink Floyd performed their very first US concert at the Fillmore in San Francisco, featuring founding members—Nick Mason, Syd Barrett, Roger Waters, and Richard Wright, after starting the group in college two years earlier (1967)
- 50 years ago today, The Brady Bunch first aired on American television, a sitcom about a large blended family with six children from two previous marriages (1969)
- Nolan Ryan set a Major League Baseball record by pitching his fifth no-hitter (1981)
- The UK handed over Hong Kong to China after 150 years (1984)
- International weapons inspectors certified the Irish Republican Army‘s full disarmament (2005)
And, on this day in 1983, the Soviet Lieutenant Colonel Stanislav Petrov single-handedly averted a worldwide nuclear war when he chose to believe his intuition instead of the computer screen—even when it indicated that the U.S. had launched a nuclear missile attack against the Soviet Union.
The country was already on high alert, expecting retaliation for its downing of a Korean Air Boeing 747. The Lieutenant Colonel had no confirmation and only minutes to decide his course of action. (Read the Full Story)
And, on this day in 1968, the Oscar award-winning musical drama Oliver! premiered in movie theaters. Based on the Charles Dickens novel Oliver Twist, the film includes such memorable musical numbers by Lionel Bart as “Food, Glorious Food”, “Consider Yourself”, “I’d do Anything”, and “You’ve Got to Pick a Pocket or Two”. Oliver! was nominated for eleven Academy Awards and won six, including Best Picture, Best Director for Carol Reed, and an Honorary Award for choreographer Onna White. WATCH the scene where the Artful Dodger (Jack Wild) first meets Oliver (Mark Lester) and launches the massive number, Consider Yourself…