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Abbey Road Released

British sensation The Beatles released their 11th studio album, Abbey Road, on September 26, 1969 in the United Kingdom and October 1, 1969 in the United States. Abbey Road was the last album recorded by The Beatles, although Let it Be was the last album released before they disbanded in 1970.

Despite receiving mixed reviews from critics, Abbey Road was a commercial success and continually tops all-time lists year after year. The cover art features John, Ringo, Paul, and George on a crosswalk (on Abbey Road) and has become quite an iconic album cover.

The album features such classic Beatles songs as “Come Together”, “Something”, “Maxwell’s Silver Hammer”, “Oh! Darling”, “I Want You (She’s So Heavy)” and “Here Comes the Sun”.  The songs and the album itself have been covered many times by a variety of artists across different genres.

Celebrate the anniversary of Abbey Road by checking out this live feed of people crossing Abbey Road or browsing our awesome Beatles merchandise!

Sources: Rolling Stone, Wikipedia

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West Side Story Opens on Broadway

On this day in 1957, West Side Story opened on Broadway at the Winter Garden Theater. A reinterpretation of Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet that takes place on the west side of Manhattan in the mid-1950′s, the musical follows the love affair between Tony, a Polish American and member of a white working-class gang called the Jets, and Maria, the sister of the leader of the Jets’ rival gang, the Sharks from Puerto Rico.

With its controversial, socially relevant story line and innovative choreography, music, and theatrical style, West Side Story received positive reviews and ran for 732 performances, one of the longest initial runs in the history of Broadway.

Learn more about this classic musical at the official West Side Story website.

 

Sources: Wikipedia, History.com, West Side Story

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Yom Kippur

What is Yom Kippur?

Yom Kippur, the Day of Atonement, marks the end of the 10 Days of Repentance. On Yom Kippur, Jewish people atone for their sins from the past year through reflection, prayer and repentance.

When is Yom Kippur?

Yom Kippur falls on the 10th of the Jewish month of Tishrei, ten days after Rosh Hashanah. Celebrated on a different day each year, Yom Kippur falls on September 26 in 2012.

What do people do on Yom Kippur?

The three components of Yom Kippur are teshuvah (repentance), prayer and fasting. After repentance, Jews spend most of the day in Synagogue, praying and participating in the Yom Kippur service, which lasts from morning until nightfall. Fasting on Yom Kippur lasts 25 hours, beginning at sunset the night before and ending at sunset the night of Yom Kippur. The fast includes abstaining from eating, drinking, bathing, sexual activity and wearing leather shoes.

Sources: timeanddate.com, history.com, judaism.about.com
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