Daily Archive: January 30, 2014

The Beatles’ Rooftop Concert – 30 January 1969

The Beatles’ rooftop concert was their final public performance. On 30 January 1969, the band, with keyboardist Billy Preston, surprised a central London business district with an impromptu concert from the roof of Apple headquarters at 3 Savile Row. In a 42-minute set, the Beatles played nine takes of five songs before the Metropolitan Police Service forced them to stop. Footage from the performance was later used in the 1970 documentary film Let It Be. Here are some thoughts on the unique and historic concert from the members of The Beatles. There was a plan to play live somewhere. We...

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The Execution of Charles I – 30 January 1649

From the outset, Charles I’s reign as king of England was marked by tension and conflict. His tax policies and his belief in the divine right of kings set Parliament in opposition to him. His religious stance–not to mention his marriage to a Roman Catholic–served to alienate the support of most reformed religious groups in England. Tensions came to a head with the outbreak of the English Civil War in 1642. Charles was eventually captured, escaped, and recaptured. By late 1648, Oliver Cromwell and his New Model Army had gained military supremacy in England, and the Rump Parliament had formed,...

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