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Abbey Road’s Lasting Legacy
"And in the end, the love you take, is equal to the love you make." These lyrics are the official ending to one of the greatest chapters in all of history. "The End" sits at the conclusion of Abbey Road, the Beatles magnum opus. Despite the song clocking in at just over two minutes long, Paul McCartney, John Lennon, and George Harrison each have a guitar solo, allowing the band to come together one final time before the very end. Even Ringo Starr has his own drum solo, which makes a rare appearance on the track. This song is what truly signifies the completion of an era.
Apollo 11: Why Landing a Man on the Moon Mattered
“That’s one small step for [a] man, one giant leap for mankind.” When Neil Armstrong stepped foot on the Moon in July of 1969, the world took a large sigh of relief. It had taken a lot of time, money, and a lot of manpower to reach that moment. After the Apollo 1 fire in 1967 that killed astronauts Virgil “Gus” Grissom, Edward H. White, and Roger Chaffee, most wondered if it was even worth going to the Moon. Apollo 11 proved it was.
The Man That Changed the Music Industry
No one stands up to Paul McCartney. Beginning his musical journey in the Beatles, he also enjoyed another successful band, as well as a solo career. As a music icon, he’s played over our airwaves for over 50 years. On McCartney’s 77th birthday, we reflect on how one man changed the music industry.
Analyzing John F. Kennedy's Inaugural Address
John F. Kennedy’s inaugural address was delivered on a freezing cold January morning in 1961. Despite his ailing back problems, he had never looked stronger than in that moment, delivering his speech to a welcomed crowd. All eager to tackle the “New Frontier.”
The History of the Bomber Jacket
Bomber jackets have an extremely rich history that goes back over one hundred years. Today, they’re rooted in our day-to-day fashion, but they didn’t start off that way. Before they were worn as streetwear, the bomber jacket was used as a functional, heavy-duty garment for pilots.
1968: The Successful Journey of Apollo 8
Dates: Dec. 21, 1968 – Dec. 27, 1968 The second manned spaceflight mission in the United States Apollo space program, Apollo 8, was launched on December 21, 1968. It became the first manned spacecraft to leave low Earth orbit, reach the Earth's moon, orbit it and return safely to Earth.
1968: The Presidential Race and the Democratic National Convention
The numerous events that led to the Democratic National Convention (DNC) in 1968 were both challenging and heartbreaking. The assassination of civil rights activist Martin Luther King Jr. and Robert F. Kennedy, the peak of the Vietnam War, and Lyndon B. Johnson’s withdrawal from running for re-election all shaped not only the year 1968, but the all-important race for the presidency as well. With the height of protesting the Vietnam War, the Democratic National Convention turned violent, on the inside and out, when police officers patrolling the convention started beating protesters in the streets on national television.
1968: The Assassination of Robert F. Kennedy
Robert Francis Kennedy was a family man and an open-minded politician who strived for change within the United States. Shot at the Ambassador Hotel in Los Angeles after winning the Californian presidential primary, Senator Kennedy left us with a legacy that still holds up today.
A Trip to a Neighbouring Nation's Capital
Washington D.C. looks stunning during the fall. I mean, how could a city that’s rich with so much history not seem like the most beautiful place to be during any season. The leaves that are shades of burnt red and amber are an immaculate backdrop for the stone buildings that decorate the city.
1968: The Assassination of Martin Luther King Jr.
There is no figure more celebrated in the work he did for civil rights than Martin Luther King Jr. His death on April 4, 1968, due to an assassin’s bullet, left the nation and especially the black community hopeless.
1968: The Height of the Vietnam War
It’s pretty much impossible to talk about 1968 without mentioning the Vietnam War. An issue that plagued Lyndon Johnson’s presidency, the Vietnam War, reached its peak at the start of the year. It’s difficult to explain how we got here without knowing the history behind this disastrous war most Americans would rather forget.