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John Lennon Leaves the Beatles

Lennon told his bandmates that he was leaving the Beatles shortly after they finished recording their final album, Abbey Road, but his departure was only made public in April 1970, more than six months after the secret break-up. The group's final live performance took place on the rooftop of London's Apple building on January 30, 1969, while the Beatles were recording the Let It Be album. Why were band members disappointed that they were not arrested during the show?



Prokudin-Gorsky: The Empire That Was Russia

Educated as a chemist, Sergey Prokudin-Gorsky devoted himself to the development of early color photography. By taking rapid sequences of monochrome photos through different colored filters and overlaying them, he was able to reconstruct original color scenes. Around 1905, he set out to document the Russian Empire and went on to capture vivid portraits of a lost world—the nation on the eve of World War I and the coming Russian revolution. What did Tsar Nicholas II give him to aid in the project?

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Sophia Loren

Sophia Loren is a famous film actress who grew up in poverty near Naples, Italy. With the help of Italian producer Carlo Ponti, whom she later married, she gained international fame, acting in both tragic dramas and boisterous comedies. She won the first Academy Award for a foreign-language performance for her role in the 1960 film Two Women, and she received a special Academy Award in 1991 for her body of work. Why did she serve an 18-day prison sentence in 1982?

Last updated on Sunday, 20th September 2009

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