Go Down Memory Lane And Celebrate Good News In History, January 30
In 1969, on this very day, The Beatles performed their last public concert on the rooftop of Apple Records in London. This famous performance took many pedestrians by surprise as they made their way during the lunch hour rush. The group hadn’t performed in public for three years and invited Billy Preston to play the keyboards.
Footage from the performance was included in the 1970 documentary, Let It Be representing some of the most iconic concert footage in history (with crowds of people gazing up in the streets!)
The group performed nine takes of five songs – Get Back, Don’t Let Me Down, I’ve Got a Feeling, One After 909, and Dig a Pony. At the end of the concert, the late John Lennon famously said, “I’d like to say thank you on behalf of the group and ourselves and I hope we’ve passed the audition.”
Other feel-good news, today in history:
- 1815 – Thomas Jefferson was instrumental in rebuilding the Library of Congress which had been destroyed in the War of 1812. More than 6,000 books from his own library were sold to Congress–twice as many as had been destroyed.
- 1826 – The Menai Suspension Bridge, considered the world’s first modern suspension bridge, connecting the Isle of Anglesey to the north West coast of Wales is opened.
- 1873 – “Around the World in 80 Days”, a classic adventure novel by Jules Verne is published in France.
- 1963 – Ivan Sutherland, widely regarded as Father of Computer Graphics submits a thesis containing his Sketchpad program, a forerunner to modern-day graphic user interfaces and computer-aided design programs.
- 1995 – The first successful trials to treat sickle-cell disease took place at the U.S. National Institutes of Health.
Featured image sourced from telegraph.co.uk