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50 years ago on March 2nd, at the Rivoli Theatre in New York City, the world was asked for the first time, “How to solve a problem like Maria?”, the bright-hearting novice who sang from the mountain tops in a four-octave voice. That film of course was The Sound of Music, and there was no solution to Maria but to love her. From the 20th Century Fox Studios, directed and produced by Robert Wise, with the screenplay by Ernest Lehman, and starring Julie Andrews and Christopher Plummer, The Sound of Music won a total of five Academy Awards, including Best Picture. It was a hit back then, by anyone’s standards, but since, it has become a classic.

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November 22nd 1963: JFK assassinated

On this day in 1963 in Dallas, Texas, the President of the United States John F. Kennedy was shot and killed. Also injured was Texas Governor John B. Connally who was in the motorcade with the President. Kennedy was killed by a shot to the head, and was pronounced dead at hospital at 1pm. Conspiracy theories persist as to who the killer was, but the common story is that it was Lee Harvey Oswald. Oswald never stood charge as he was killed by Jack Ruby whilst in custody two days later. Vice President Lyndon B. Johnson was sworn in as President aboard Air Force One hours after the assassination. Kennedy’s assassination devastated the world, as he was symbol of hope and optimism in a troubled time.

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50 years ago today, on August 23, 1962; John Lennon and Cynthia Powell get married in Mount Pleasant Registry Office, Liverpool. 

"We were both sort of bowled over by the fact that we were married. It wasn’t a question of ‘Have we done the right thing?’ It was all perfectly natural that we should be together. But John didn’t get a real chance to be first a real husband or later, a real father. Once he got on the Beatles bangwagon he couldn’t get off, even if he wanted to."Cynthia Lennon

Nina Simons said, “It’s an artist’s duty to reflect the times in which we live.” We wrote this song for a film that was based on events that were 50 years ago, but we say that Selma is now because the struggle for justice is right now. We know that the Voting Rights Act that they fought for 50 years ago is being compromised right now in this country today. We know that right now, the struggle for freedom and justice is real. We live in the most incarcerated country in the world. There are more Black men under correctional control today than were under slavery in 1850. When people are marching with our song, we want to tell you that we are with you, we see you, we love you, and march on. God bless you.
—  John Legend accepting the 2015 Oscar for Best Original Song
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50 Years Ago,The Beatles gave their first performance on the Ed Sullivan show to an audience of 73 million.

"Seventy-three million people were reported to have watched the first show. It is still supposed to be one of the largest viewing audiences ever in the States.

It was very important. We came out of nowhere with funny hair, looking like marionettes or something. That was very influential. I think that was really one of the big things that broke us - the hairdo more than the music, originally. A lot of people’s fathers had wanted to turn us off. They told their kids, ‘Don’t be fooled, they’re wearing wigs.”-Paul McCartney

"The main thing I was aware of when we did the first Ed Sullivan Show was that we rehearsed all afternoon. TV had such bad sound equipment - it still has today, usually, but then it was really bad - that we would tape our rehearsals and then go up and mess with the dials in the control booth. We got it all set with the engineer there, and then we went off for a break.

The story has it that while we were out, the cleaner came in to clean the room and the console, thought, ‘What are all these chalk marks?’ and wiped them all off. So our plans just went out the window. We had a real hasty time trying to get the sound right.”-Ringo Starr