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1963 – The Beatles’ first album, Please Please Me, is released in the United Kingdom

22 March

Please Please Me is the debut studio album by the English rock band the Beatles. Parlophone rush-released the album on this day in 1963 in the United Kingdom to capitalise on the success of the singles “Please Please Me” and “Love Me Do”. Continue reading “1963 – The Beatles’ first album, Please Please Me, is released in the United Kingdom”

1980 – John Lennon is murdered

8 December

At around 10:50 pm on this day in 1980, as Lennon and Ono returned to their New York apartment in the Dakota, Mark David Chapman shot Lennon in the back four times at the entrance to the building. Lennon was taken to the emergency room of nearby Roosevelt Hospital and was pronounced dead on arrival at 11:00 pm. Earlier that evening, Lennon had autographed a copy of Double Fantasy for Chapman. Continue reading “1980 – John Lennon is murdered”

1974 – Discovery of the 40% complete Australopithecus afarensis skeleton, nicknamed “Lucy”

Lucy is the common name of AL 288-1, several hundred pieces of bone fossils representing 40 percent of the skeleton of a female of the hominin species Australopithecus afarensis. Lucy was discovered in 1974 near the village Hadar in the Awash Valley of the Afar Triangle in Ethiopia by paleoanthropologist Donald Johanson. Continue reading “1974 – Discovery of the 40% complete Australopithecus afarensis skeleton, nicknamed “Lucy””

1968 – The Beatles release ‘The Beatles’ (known as The White Album)

22 November

The Beatles, also known as the White Album, is the ninth studio album by English rock group the Beatles, released on this day in 1968. A double album, its plain white sleeve has no graphics or text other than the band’s name embossed, and was intended as a direct contrast to the vivid cover artwork of the band’s earlier Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band. Continue reading “1968 – The Beatles release ‘The Beatles’ (known as The White Album)”

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