“I love people who’ve had torture in their lives, and still rolled their sleeves up and got to the other side - having gotten through some of the dark things in life, I am entertained by the little bent view some of us have of the world.”

Happy 45th birthday, Matthew L. Perry! [August 19, 1969]


45 years ago today in Beatles history:

↳ All four Beatles gathered at EMI Studios on the morning of Friday 8 August 1969 for one of the most famous photo shoots of their career. Photographer Iain Macmillan took the famous image that adorned their last-recorded album, Abbey Road.

A policeman held up the traffic as Macmillan, from a stepladder positioned in the middle of the road, took six shots as the group walked across the zebra crossing just outside the studio.

The Beatles crossed the road a number of times while Macmillan photographed them. 8 August was a hot day in north London, and for four of the six photographs McCartney walked barefoot; for the other two he wore sandals.

Shortly after the shoot, McCartney studied the transparencies and chose the fifth one for the album cover. It was the only one when all four Beatles were walking in time. It also satisfied The Beatles’ desire for the world to see them walking away from the studios they had spent so much of the last seven years inside.

Macmillan also took a photograph of a nearby tiled street sign for the back cover. The sign has since been replaced, but was situated at the corner of Abbey Road and Alexandra Road. The junction no longer exists; the road was later replaced by the Abbey Road housing estate, between Boundary Road and Belsize Road.

The Beatles’ iconic Abbey Road album cover was photographed on this day, 8 August, in 1969! These are the six frames snapped during the roughly 15 minute photo session by photographer Iain Macmillan, courtesy of Snap Galleries.

Friday, 8 August 1969: “At 11.35 [GMT], with photographer Iain Macmillan balanced up a step-ladder in the middle of Abbey Road, John, Ringo, Paul and George strode across the zebra (pedestrian) crossing just outside the studio gates while Macmillan snapped away. The Beatles crossed the road several times while he took six quick shots, a friendly policeman obligingly holding up traffic. A while later, Paul studied the transparencies with a magnifying glass and picked the best of the six for the sleeve of Abbey Road.” - The Complete Beatles Chronicle by Mark Lewisohn


A Hero’s Welcome for the Astronauts of Apollo 11

After Apollo 11 astronauts Edward “Buzz” Aldrin, Neil Armstrong, and Michael Collins  safely returned to Earth following their successful mission to the surface of the Moon, they spent several weeks in quarantine, and were finally greeted with ticker tape parades and celebrations in New York City, Chicago and Los Angeles on August 13, 1969.

Moonwalk One, ca. 1970

From the series: Headquarters’ Films Relating to Aeronautics, 1962 - 1981. Records of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration, 1903 - 2006

via The Unwritten Record » Stepping Stones to the Moon