Yoko Ono; John Lennon
Yoko Ono; John Lennon
by Tom Blau
modern bromide print from original negative, November 1969
6 3/4 in. x 10 3/8 in. (171 mm x 265 mm) image size
Given by Camera Press: London: UK, 2007
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Lennon first met Onoafter the Beatles's final tour in 1966 at her exhibition at the Indica Gallery, London. Their wedding in Gibraltar in 1969 was followed by a 'Bed-In' for peace in Amsterdam. On a second 'Bed-In' in Montreal they recorded the song Give Peace a Chance. As a couple they promoted peace, feminism and racial harmony, introducing the idea of 'Bagism' against prejudice in 1969. Ono was present at the recording of the Beatles last album, Abbey Road, in January 1969 and the band released The Ballard of John and Yoko that year. Their son, Sean Ono Lennon was born in 1975.
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Current affairsThe Open University is established, based on the vision of Michael Young. Its aims were to offer the chance to study for higher education qualifications on a part time and distance learning basis, giving people who were unable to attend a traditional university because of family, work commitments or disability the opportunity to achieve university degrees.
Art and scienceThe comedy sketch show Monty Python's Flying Circus is first broadcast. The Pythons performed surreal sketches that reinvented the comedy tradition, eschewing punch lines for a stream-of-consciousness structure and incongruous authorial interventions: 'and now for something completely different'.
Kenneth Tynan's Oh! Calcutta amuses and shocks audiences with full nudity on stage, taking advantage of the recent end to censorship laws.
InternationalNeil Armstrong takes 'one small step for man, one giant leap for mankind' when he becomes the first man on the moon.
Concorde makes its first supersonic flight. The plane was designed, developed and manufactured by a joint treaty between the French and English governments.
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