Thursday, November 27, 2008

Oh Darling

This is a Beatles tune, written by Paul McCartney, released on the 1969 album, Abbey Road. Apparently, Paul used to practice this in the bathtub. I guess great minds think a like, because I practiced it in the shower.

But what else was going on in 1969?

January 30 - The Beatles give their last public performance, on the roof of Apple Records. The impromptu concert was broken up by the police.

February 9 - The Boeing 747 makes its maiden flight.

March 18 - Operation Breakfast, the secret bombing of Cambodia, begins.

April 4 - Dr. Denton Cooley implants the first temporary artificial heart.

May 22 - Apollo program: Apollo 10's lunar module flies to within 15,400 m of the Moon's surface.
May 26 - Apollo program: Apollo 10 returns to Earth, after a successful 8-day test of all the components needed for the upcoming first manned Moon landing.

June 28 - The Stonewall riots in New York City mark the start of the modern gay rights movement in the U.S.

July 8 - Vietnam War: The very first U.S. troop withdrawals are made.

August 17 (my birthday)- Category 5 Hurricane Camille, the most powerful tropical cyclonic system at landfall in recorded history, hits the Mississippi coast, killing 248 people and causing US$1.5 billion in damage (1969 dollars).

September 2 - The first automatic teller machine in the United States is installed in Rockville Centre, New York.

October 21 - Writer and poet Jack Kerouac died at the age of 47, resulting from an internal hemorrhage (bleeding esophageal varices) caused by cirrhosis, the result of a lifetime of heavy drinking

November 10 - Sesame Street premieres on the National Educational Television (NET) network.

December 4 - Black Panther Party members Fred Hampton and Mark Clark are shot dead in their sleep during a raid by 14 Chicago police officers.

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